Crossing the Stage: Controversies on Cross-dressing

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Psychology Press, 1993 - Performing Arts - 198 pages
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Brings together for the first time essays which explore cross-dressing in theatre, cabaret, opera and dance. Essential reading for all those interested in performance and the representation of gender.Taking a primarily European focus, this collection examines cross-dressing as a culturally determined performance phenomenon, and brings a wide range of arguments and historical evidence to bear on this fascinating subject.Using perspectives drawn from social history, anthropology, psychoanalysis and gender theory, Lesley Ferris discusses performance traditions within the wider debates on sexology and sexuality, and contextualizes the articles in this volume, putting them in their academic context, and drawing out the differences of their approach.
 

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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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