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Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
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Undressed for Success

Beauty Contestants and Exotic Dancers as Merchants of Morality

Authors: Foley, B.

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Using the tools of performance studies, gender theory, and cultural history, Brenda Foley explores the striking similarities between beauty pageantry and striptease. For example, women in both project a 'normal' femininity and adhere to a strict hierarchy (Miss America contestants look down upon Miss Universe contestants, while theatrical 'burlesque artists' saw themselves as far above mere carnival strippers). Undressed for Success collects extensive primary source research - newspapers, journals, trade publications, photography collections, press releases, memoirs, and interviews with both strippers and pageant contestants - and employs a wide array of gender, feminist, and performance theory to analyze them.

About the authors

BRENDA FOLEY has taught at a number of universities, including Brown University, the University of New Hampshire, and St. Thomas University in Canada, where she is at present an Assistant Professor of English. She has published articles in journals such as Nordic Theatre Studies, Theatre InSight, and the journal of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA). In addition to her academic work, Brenda is a veteran Equity actress of twenty years with theatre credits including the La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout, Studio Arena, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Rep, and Vienna's English Theatre, in Austria, as well as numerous Public Radio appearances.

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"This book covers a tremendous amount of ground and offers a complicated, interdisciplinary, and yet highly accessible approach to subjects that have mostly been treated separately: beauty contestants and strippers, Miss American Pageants and strip acts. Foley shows beyond any doubt that these two theatrical forms are historically and formally linked to one another. This is a tremendous accomplishment." - Carolyn J. Dean, Professor of History, Brown University


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Undressed for Success
Book Subtitle
Beauty Contestants and Exotic Dancers as Merchants of Morality
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6993-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 231
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