Friday, March 02, 2018

Mae West: The Comic Vice

While you’re sleeping, college professors in Hungary are thinking about MAE WEST. Here’s a long, striking research paper you might have missed. This is Part 20.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • The Comic Vice • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: In addition, her unashamed, frank and humorous treatment of economic and gender these issues posed a challenge to the society of her time in the manner of the comic Vice. Here is again a unique masculine aspect of hers acting as a comic Vice in her stories, a character traditionally performed by men exclusively. But West can be seen a Vice figure herself without doubt. 
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: As Mellen writes “[o]ften her license, bawdy humor, sexual explicitness and bravado are invested with a challenge to those who disapprove” (230). What is more, she even “turns the tables” and becomes the “superior” person in her relationships with men and she is the one who takes command, who is in charge while she “never surrenders freedom or control” (230). Her comic sexuality and campy vamp performance becomes a source of power, independence, agency and autonomy: “[…] West also transforms sexual allure on the part of women into an item of pride, power and autonomy” (230).
• • Sexual Moves • •  . . .   
• • This was Part 20 of a lengthy article. Part 21 will follow on Monday. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Wednesday, 2 March 1927 in Variety • •
• • More details about the February 9th raid at Daly's Theatre on Broadway, and the political punching behind it were explained in Variety Magazine in their issue dated Wednesday, 2 March 1927.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It" by Mae West was released on Tuesday, 1 March 1960.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “"I used to like to play Post Office. Mamma didn't object. But she got mad if I started giving special deliveries to one boy all the time. She wanted me to play with them all."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • “Mae West Still Lush, Lusty at Fox Stanford” • •
• • Lush and lusty, upheaving and upholstered, Mae West is back again, boys. Those who seek double meanings may be disappointed in "Klondike Annie," now at the Fox-Stanford. But others who like Mae for what she is won't be.
• • While "Klondike Annie" follows quite the basic Westian formula, it's different in that she does no one wrong. As the Frisco Doll, she starts out badly. But a missionary shows her the light. Pseudo-sophisticated collegians who think it's smart to brand Mae West  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Stanford Daily; published on Monday, 2 March 1936
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3909th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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