Girls will be boys : cross-dressed women, lesbians, and American cinema, 1908-1934 / Laura Horak.

"Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Katharine Hepburn all made lasting impressions with the cinematic cross-dressing they performed onscreen. What few modern viewers realize, however, is that these seemingly daring performances of the 1930s actually came at the tail end of a long wave of gender...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Horak, Laura, (Author)
Format: Book
Published: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2016]
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1. Cross-dressed women as American ideals (1908-1921)
  • Moving picture uplift and the female boy
  • Cowboy girls, girl spies, and the homoerotic frontier
  • Intermezzo codes of deviance (1892-1914)
  • Cultural hierarchy and the detection of sexual deviance in a Florida enchantment (1894 and 1914)
  • Part 2. The emergence of lesbian legibility (1921-1934)
  • Enter the lesbian: cosmopolitanism, trousers, and lesbians in the 1920s
  • The lesbian vogue and backlash against cross-dressed women in the 1930s
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: U.S. films featuring cross-dressed women, 1895-1934.