Mae West: an icon in black and white

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"Why don't you come up and see me sometime?" Mae West invited and promptly captured the imagination of generations. Even today, years after her death, the actress and author is still regarded as the pop archetype of sexual wantonness and ribald humor. But who was this saucy starlet, a womanwho was controversial enough to be jailed, pursued by film censors and banned from the airwaves for the revolutionary content of her work, and yet would ascend to the status of film legend?Sifting through previously untapped sources, author Jill Watts unravels the enigmatic life of Mae West, tracing her early years spent in the Brooklyn subculture of boxers and underworld figures, and follows her journey through burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway and, finally, Hollywood, where shequickly became one of the big screen's most popular--and colorful--stars. Exploring West's penchant for contradiction and her carefully perpetuated paradoxes, Watts convincingly argues that Mae West borrowed heavily from African American culture, music, dance and humor, creating a subversive voicefor herself by which she artfully challenged society and its assumptions regarding race, class and gender. Viewing West as a trickster, Watts demonstrates that by appropriating for her character the black tradition of double-speak and "signifying," West also may have hinted at her ownAfrican-American ancestry and the phenomenon of a black woman passing for white.This absolutely fascinating study is the first comprehensive, interpretive account of Mae West's life and work. It reveals a beloved icon as a radically subversive artist consciously creating her own complex image.
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subject_facetBIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Entertainment & Performing Arts
Biographies
Biography
Electronic books
Filmkunst
Films
Motion picture actors and actresses
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography
PERFORMING ARTS -- Acting & Auditioning
Relations with African Americans
United States
West, Mae
West, Mae -- Relations with African Americans
title_displayMae West : an icon in Black and white
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Mae West : an icon in black and white / Jill Watts
Mae West [electronic resource] : an icon in black and white / Jill Watts
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Entertainment & Performing Arts
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Films
Motion picture actors and actresses
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Relations with African Americans
West, Mae