Friday, March 23, 2018

Mae West: Subversive Force

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 35.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • a culturally feminine position • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: In Eileen Gillooly’s view, humor can be both aggressive and defensive in the case of both genders, although, those in the “culturally feminine position” are always more vulnerable as it “comprises, for both genders, a complex set of defensive and aggressive strategies, [however] its defensive function is peculiarly acute for those occupying a culturally feminine position” (22). She also adds that in spite of being mostly defensive, aggression is not excluded even from this type or strategy of humor (Gillooly 23).
• • laughter’s subversive force • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: In my opinion, Mae West is again much more masculine in this respect because her use of humor is never defensive. John Parkin, while reflecting on Hélène Cixous’ views concerning humor, highlights the subversive force of women’s humor when he says that “the importance of laughter’s subversive force has led some women to turn the male prejudice on its head” (230).
• • men excluded the “feminine voice” • •     . . .
• • This was Part 35 of a lengthy article. Part 36 will follow on Monday. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On 22 March 1930 in New York • •
• • On 22 March 1930, the headline in The N.Y. Times read like this: MAE WEST COUNSEL ASSAILES CAPT. COY; Police Officer Admits Relying More on Sergeant's Notes Than Own in Testimony. SAYS TWO MADE 'SYNOPSIS' Too Dark in Theatre to Write Clearly, He Asserts — — Reveals He Acted 28 Years Ago.
• • Captain James J. Coy of Inspector Mulrooney's staff, who appeared Thursday in General Sessions, told Judge Amadeo Bertini and a jury why he had raided Mae West's play "Pleasure Man" in October 1928.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Mae West Meets Mister Ed" is the twenty-first episode of the fourth season of "Mister Ed," and the ninety-ninth episode overall. Director was Arthur Lubin. Airdate was on 22 March 1964.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I received many gifts for Easter. But this is the first time I’ve ever got a husband.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California paper mentioned a new play about Mae West.
• • The Wicked, Wicked Mae West @ The Brickhouse Theatre • •
• • Harrison Held wrote: "The Wicked, Wicked Mae West" is a charming and fun new one-act comedy well directed by Iris Merlis, starring Collette Rosario and Michael Robb.
• • Harrison Held wrote: It is written by talented classic Hollywood lover Willard Manus and plays at The Brickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood.  "The Wicked, Wicked Mae West" is part of Write Act Rep's new series “Three By Will” to celebrate their 20th anniversary season. . . .
• • Source: Item by NoHo Arts District; published on Monday, 12 March 2018
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • 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 3924th 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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