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Fast-Talking Dames

Maria DiBattista


There is nothing like a dame, exuberantly declares the song from the multicultural world of “South Pacific”, and proclaims, too, that a dame is a specific American creation, one of the things worth fighting for in our culture. This book validates that claim. It celebrates the fast-talking dames of 1930s and 1940s screen comedy, women of lively wit and brash speech who became the most impressive model of independent, articulate American womanhood. Coming of age during the Great Depression, they were quick on the uptake and hardly ever downbeat. They seemed to know what to say and when to say it ... More

Keywords: dames, South Pacific, American womanhood, Great Depression, slang, truth, happiness, wit, speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300088151
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088151.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria DiBattista, author

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