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Short description Noted film expert and cultural scholar Dana Heller utilizes elements of Hairspray -- including original interview material with John Waters -- to engage readers in thought-provoking discussions about topics ranging from camp and queer theory to gender performance and the body; from debates over postmodern style vs. substance to fandom in popular culture and the history of the American film musical. Heller's insightful examination of Hairspray offers film fans and scholars alike a richly rewarding glimpse into a cultural mirror couched in mainstream escapist entertainment.
From the contents List of Figures.
1 The Roots.
2 Tangled Genres: The Teenpic Gets a Makeover.
3 Hair with Body: Corpulence, Unruliness, and Cultural Subversion.
4 Highlighting History: Hairspray's Uses of Popular Memory.
5 More Than 20 Years and Still Holding: The Many Lives of Hairspray.