[From 1880 to 1920, the first truly national visual culture developed in the United States as a result of the completion of the Pacific Railroad and a new level of invention, reproduction, and distribution of all kinds of images. Women, especially young and beautiful ones, found new lives shaped by their participation in that visual culture. This rapidly evolving age left behind the ""cult of domesticity"" that reigned in the nineteenth century to give rise to new ""types"" of women based on a single feature--a type of hair, skin, dress, or prop--including the Gibson Girl, the sob sister, the stunt girl, the hoochy-coochy dancer, the bearded lady. Exploring both high and low culture, from the circus and film to newspapers and magazines, this intriguing volume examines depictions of women at the beginning of ""mass media,"" depictions that would remain influential throughout the twentieth century.]
Katherine H. Adams is the Hutchinson Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans and chair of the English department. She is the author of numerous books about American women and about American education. Michael L. Keene, the author or coauthor of fifteen books, is a professor of English at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, teaching courses in professional communication and rhetorical theory. Jennifer C. Koella lectures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.