Crossing the Stage: Controversies on Cross-dressing

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Psychology Press, 1993 - Performing Arts - 198 pages
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Crossing the Stage brings together for the first time essays which explore cross-dressing in theatre, cabaret, opera and dance. The volume contains seminal pieces which have become standard texts in the field, as well as new work especially commissioned from leading writers on performance.
Crossing the Stage is an indispensable sourcebook on theatrical cross-dressing. It will be essential reading for all those interested in performance and the representation of gender.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION Current crossings
1
CROSSDRESSING THE THEATER AND GENDER STRUGGLE IN EARLY MODERN
20
GOETHES WOMENS PARTS PLAYED BY MEN IN THE ROMAN THEATER
47
WHEN MEN WOMEN TURN Gender reversals in Fieldings play
58
BOYS AND GIRLS TOGETHER Subcultural origins of glamour drag and male impersonation on the nineteenthcentury stage
80
THE TRAVESTY DANCER IN NINETEENTHCENTURY BALLET
96
IM THE QUEEN OF THE BITCHES Female impersonation and Mae Wests Pleasure Man
107
SLIDING SCALES Notes on Stormé DeLarverié and the Jewel Box Revue the crossdressed woman on the contemporary stage and the invert
120
ITS NEVER TOO LATE TO SWITCH Crossing toward power
144
CRISSCROSSING CULTURES
155
Bibliogrpahy
171
Index
191
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