Women, Pleasure, Film What Lolas Want

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  • Copyright: 2013-08-21
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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The Lola film is a distinct subgenre of the woman's film in which woman's claim to pleasure is entertained without recourse to the figure of the femme fatale. Lola embodies a recognizable set of characteristics through which over time a select group of directors, actors, and audiences have responded in ways that do not succumb to the imperatives of gender. There are over thirty-five Lola films, starting with Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel: many are German, others are French, American, British, Italian, and Spanish, but her claim has also resonated in Argentina, China, Egypt, Mexico, Thailand, and the Philippines. Lola can be working class, lesbian, transgender, ethnic, suburban, or any combination. This book examines Lola as a specific and enduring aspect of the early twentieth-century "new woman": woman's forthright claim to pleasure on her own terms, liberated, if only as a cinematic fantasy, from the usual constraints of sex and gender.

Author Biography

Simon Richter is Professor of German Literature and Cinema at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is the author of Laocoon's Body and the Aesthetics of Pain (1992) and Missing the Breast: Gender, Fantasy and the Body in the German Enlightenment (2006). He co-edited Unwrapping Goethe's Weimar: Essays in Cultural Studies and Local Knowledge (2000) and edited The Literature of Weimar Classicism (2005). He is past president of the Goethe Society of North America and past editor of The Goethe Yearbook.

Table of Contents

1. Falling in Love Again...and Again and Again
2. The Give and Take of Naming
3. The Lola Revue: The Lola Film as Genre
4. Lola's Song and Dance
5. Lola Doesn't Kill and Lola Doesn't Die
6. Cameras and Clowns
7. Lola's Legs
8. Domesticating Lola
9. Lola's Bedroom and the Staircase to Paradise
10. Portraits of Lola
11. Lola and Motherhood
12. Lola, Race, and Ethnicity
13. Carousels and Carnivals
14. Lola's Menagerie
15. The Colors of Lola
16. It's Lola's Time

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