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Striptease: From Gaslight to Spotlightby Jessica Glasscock
Synopses & Reviews
Striptease is the history of unapologetic fun aimed not at the head, not at the heart or even the stomach, but south of all three. Beginning with the birth of the striptease in the mid-19th century and culminating with its garish heyday in the 1950s, this book charts the evolution of the infamous bump and grind, which is, at its simplest, a pretty girl in a pretty dress ... and then not. The only fully illustrated book available on the subject, Striptease tells the history of this provocative form of stagecraft from its birth in vaudeville and burlesque through the "take it all off" attitude for which the term "striptease" was coined. Along the way, the book highlights such performers as Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller, Maud Allen, Gypsy Rose Lee, Tempest Storm, and Blaze Starr. The witty and well-informed text is illustrated with an array of titillating images, including never-before-published ephemera and illicitly photographed performances in progress. Whether revealing ankles or breasts, playing peek-a-boo or going the full monty, Striptease pays tribute to the women who made a vocation of their sex appeal and shimmied their way into American culture.
This volume reveals the history of the striptease from its roots in popular stage shows to its wonderfully garish heyday. The book highlights such performers as Isadora Duncan, Ruth St Denis, Maud Allen, Loie Fuller, Gypsy Rose Lee, Ann Corio, Tempest Storm and Blaze Starr.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 170) and index.
About the Author
Jessica Glasscock received her M.A. in Visual Culture at New York University and has worked for the ACLU's Women's Rights and Reproductive Freedom Projects. She has published articles on Cindy Sherman, Rei Kawakubo, Vivienne Westwood, and the history of burlesque.
Table of Contents
In the beginning, or, Those prudish Victorians — The naked and the nude, or, How to get practically naked in under two decades — A pretty girl is like a melody, or, A pretty girl is like box office gold — Burlesque on Broadway, or, The rise and fall of the Brothers Minksy — Classic striptease, or, Big names, bigger breasts
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