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Landscape, Vitality, and Desire: Cross-Dressed Frontier Girls in Transitional-Era American Cinema

From: Cinema Journal
Volume 52, Number 4, Summer 2013
pp. 74-98 | 10.1353/cj.2013.0041



Cross-dressed frontier women allowed moving pictures to capitalize on cherished American frontier mythologies while offering new, uniquely cinematic attractions. These figures provided the spectacle of a triumphant white body navigating the American landscape, while fixing both the neurasthenic middle-class family and the sexual dilemma of the gender-imbalanced frontier.