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

by Jessica Hope Jordan

Table of Contents

List of Plates


Introduction: Sex and the Goddess

Chapter 1: Sex as Cinematic Capital: Jean Harlow and the Economy of the Gold Digger

Chapter 2: Sex as a Cinematic “Queening”: Mae West Decamps

Chapter 3: Sex as Cinematic Code: Lana Turner’s Star Text and the Duplicity of the Femme Fatale

Chapter 4: Sex as Cinematic Eroticism: Jayne Mansfield’s Breasts

Conclusion: The American Sex Goddess is Legally Blonde


Biographies and Filmographies

Select Bibliography

Illustration Credits



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