The Starr Report Disrobed

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Pub. Date: 2000-08-01
Publisher(s): Columbia Univ Pr
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Summary

"What is this strange book" asks Fedwa Malti-Douglas, "that can bring the American presidency to its knees?" In this probing study of Kenneth W. Starr's influential and historic work, she reveals how The Starr Reportexposed the cultural tendencies, desires, and taboos of Americans while it disrobed the most powerful man in the world.Unveiling the political and ideological implications of the report's relentless pursuit of corporeal and prurient detail, Malti-Douglas underscores the document's ground-breaking nature -- both for its legal and cultural content. What does the report imply about American values when it repeatedly points to the dates on which trysts occurred? Why does gender seem so unstable in the report? And how do such varied objects as Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grassor Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noonor a Hugo Boss tie or Vox,a novel about phone sex, fit into the legal discourse of the report? Fraught with assumptions about gender and sexuality, the report reflects a strategy to use Clinton's "body natural" to undermine his "body politic."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Note xiii
Introduction xv
The Mighty Morphin Report
1(18)
Organization as Obsession
19(18)
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: The Geographies of Lust
37(16)
The Great Facilitator; or, How to ``Currie'' Favor
53(22)
Are We Having Fun Yet?
75(18)
Fall Into the Gap; or, The Starr Report Introduces Popeye to Bill Clinton
93(22)
How Is a Sexual Encounter a Sexual Encounter?
115(10)
``I Love the Narrative!''
125(22)
My Body, My Gender
147(18)
An American Postmodern
165(10)
Conclusion: The President's Two Bodies and the Politics of Masquerade 175(6)
Index 181

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