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Author Shteir, Rachel, 1964-

Title Striptease : the untold history of the girlie show / Rachel Shteir
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2004


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 MELB  792.7 Sht/Stu  AVAILABLE
Description viii, 438 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents "A startled fawn upon the stage" -- Legs -- "Yvette goes to bed": the first undressing acts -- From Ziegfeld to Minsky: respectable undressing and the rise of modern burlesque -- After the doughboys returned: nudity in burlesque and on broadway -- The first strippers and teasers -- Pansies, reformers, and a "frenzy of congregate cootchers": the birth of modern striptease -- A pretty girl is like a melody, sort of -- The burlesque soul of striptease -- "Minskyville" -- "I never made any money until I took my pants off": fans and bubbles around the nation -- "Temporary entertainment for morons and perverts": LaGuardia kicks striptease out of New York -- Gypsy -- From literary strippers to queens of burlesque -- "Clamouring for a table and pounding for an encore": striptease at the world's fair -- Striptease during wartime -- The private lives of strippers -- Stripty-second streets -- The seamy sides of striptease -- Striptease confidential -- You've gotta get a gimmick -- Topless dancing -- 1969: who killed striptease?
Summary "Striptease combined sexual display and parody, cool eros and wisecracking Bacchanalian humor. Striptease could be savage, patriotic, irreverent, vulgar, sophisticated, sentimental, and subversive - sometimes all at once. In this cultural history, Rachel Shteir traces the ribald art from its nineteenth century vaudeville roots, through its long and controversial career, to its decline during the liberated 1960s. The book argues that striptease is perhaps the most American form of popular entertainment."
"Based on exhaustive research and filled with rare photographs and period illustrations, Striptease recreates the mixture of license, independence, and sexual curiosity that marked the stripper's world. Shteir brings to life striptease's Golden Age, the years between the Jazz Age and the Sexual Revolution, when strippers performed around the country in burlesque theatres, nightclubs, vaudeville houses, carnivals, fairs, and even in glorious palaces on the Great White Way. Taking us behind the scenes, Rachel Shteir introduces us to a diverse cast of characters that collided on the burlesque stage, from tight-laced political reformers and flamboyant impresarios to drag queens, shimmy girls, cootch dancers, tit serenaders, and even girls next door, lured into the profession by big-city aspirations. Throughout the book, readers will find essential profiles of famed perfomers, including Gypsy Rose Lee, "the Literary Stripper"; Lili St
Cyr, the 1950s mistress of exotic striptease; and Blaze Starr, the "human heat wave," who literally set the stage on fire."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Burlesques -- United States.
Stripteasers -- United States -- Portraits.
Striptease -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
LC no. 2004014760
ISBN 0195127501 acid-free paper