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Too Much of a Good Thing: Mae West as Cultural Icon
Ramona Curry. Mae West (“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful”) continues to reverberate through Amer. popular culture. Here Curry examines the interplay between West’s bawdy, worldly persona & 20th-cent. gender & media politics. In the 1930s, she was a lightning rod for debates over morality & censorship. In the 1970s, the complexity of her portrayal of gender made her a controversial figure for both the gay rights & feminist movements. Analyzes the symbolic roles that West has occupied, arguing that West represents a carefully orchestrated transgression of race, class, & gender expectation. Also illustrates how icons of pop culture often distill contested social issues, serving diverse & even contradictory political functions.
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