By Rachel ShteirThe attention-grabbing, untold tale of the historical past of undressing: over fifty years of taking it off. Striptease mixed sexual demonstrate and parody, cool eros and wisecracking Bacchanalian humor. Striptease will be savage, patriotic, irreverent, vulgar, refined, sentimental, and subversive--sometimes, by surprise. during this important cultural background, Rachel Shteir strains the ribald paintings from its 19th century vaudeville roots, via its lengthy and arguable occupation, to its decline through the liberated Nineteen Sixties. The publication argues that striptease is an American type of well known entertainment--maybe the main American kind of renowned entertainment.
in response to exhaustive examine and choked with infrequent photos and interval illustrations, Striptease recreates the flamable mix of license, independence, and sexual interest that allowed strippers to thrive for almost a century. Shteir brings to existence striptease's Golden Age, the years among the Jazz Age and the Sexual Revolution, whilst strippers played round the kingdom, in burlesque theatres, nightclubs, vaudeville homes, carnivals, gala's, or even in excellent palaces at the nice White means. Taking us backstage, Rachel Shteir introduces us to a various solid of characters that collided at the burlesque level, from tight-laced political reformers and flamboyant impresarios, to tug queens, shimmy women, cootch dancers, tit serenaders, or even women round the corner, lured into the career via big-city aspirations. during the ebook, readers will locate crucial profiles of famed performers, together with Gypsy Rose Lee, "the Literary Stripper"; Lili St. Cyr, the Fifties mistress of unique striptease; and Blaze Starr, the "human warmth wave," who actually set the level on hearth.
Striptease is an insightful and pleasing portrait of an paintings shape without delay reviled and embraced via the yankee public. mixing cautious learn and shiny narration, Rachel Shteir captures striptease's mix of sham and seduction whereas illuminating its unusually power carry at the American mind's eye.