"An important addition to the study of women in the 'liminal' spaces of American culture in the twentieth century."—Journal of American History
"Beginning with nineteenth-century novels . . . and moving through twentieth-century fiction, film, radio, and television, Lori Landay looks at how popular heroines use craft and deceit to circumvent the limitations of femininity. In addition, Landay explores the connections between these texts and advertisements selling products that encourage female deception and trickery. . . . They tell a powerful story about woman's place and women's power during the sexual desegregation of American society."—ScreenSite--This text refers to the Paperback edition.