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By reconsidering assumptions about mainstream popular culture and its revolutionary possibilities, author Dana Heller reveals that John Waters' popular 1988 film Hairspray is the director's most subversive movie.
  • Represents the first scholarly work on any of film director John Waters' films
  • Incorporates original interview material with the director
  • Reveals meanings embedded in the film's narrative treatment of racial and sexual politics
List of Figures.


Introducing Hairspray.

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.