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By Fedwa Malti-Douglas

"What is that this unusual booklet" asks Fedwa Malti-Douglas, "that can carry the yank presidency to its knees?" during this probing examine of Kenneth W. Starr's influential and ancient paintings, she finds how The Starr Report uncovered the cultural traits, wishes, and taboos of usa citizens whereas it disrobed the main robust guy on the planet.

Unveiling the political and ideological implications of the report's relentless pursuit of corporeal and prurient element, Malti-Douglas underscores the document's ground-breaking nature―both for its felony and cultural content material. What does the document indicate approximately American values whilst it time and again issues to the dates on which trysts happened? Why does gender look so volatile within the file? and the way do such assorted items as Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass or Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon or a Hugo Boss tie or Vox, a singular approximately cell intercourse, healthy into the criminal discourse of the record? Fraught with assumptions approximately gender and sexuality, the file displays a technique to take advantage of Clinton's "body traditional" to undermine his "body politic."

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