The Flapper as Mobile Body: "It vs. Chicago" Many theorists have called attention to way in which the figure of the flapper, particularly as she appears in the movies, is mobile. Mobility is a rich concept, and one that began to take on a new meaning in the 1920s, the decade in which flappers rose to prominence on screen. Bean and Negra invoke “women’s visual and physical mobility in early twentieth-century urban centers—often condensed in the figure of the alleged flaneuse” while Landay describes the prototypical flapper of Clara Bow’s movie It as “active and mobile.” Indeed, the films of Clara Bow provide an excellent starting-point from which to examine gender and sexuality—themselves reflective of changing social and historical...The end:
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