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The Sex Goddess in American Film, 1930–1965: Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and ...

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The Sex Goddess in American Film, 1930–1965:

Table of Contents

List of Plates

ix

Acknowledgments

xix

Introduction: Sex and the Goddess

1

Chapter One: Sex as Cinematic Capital: Jean Harlow and the Economy of the Gold Digger

19

Chapter Two: Sex as Cinematic “Queening”: Mae West Decamps

67

Chapter Three: Sex as Cinematic Code: Lana Turner and the Duplicity of the Femme Fatale

103

Chapter Four: Sex as Cinematic Eroticism: Jayne Mansfield's Breasts

145

Conclusion: The American Sex Goddess is Legally Blonde

189

Notes

195

Biographies and Filmographies

213

Select Bibliography

225