Crossing the Stage: Controversies on Cross-dressing
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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INTRODUCTION Current crossings
CROSSDRESSING THE THEATER AND GENDER STRUGGLE IN EARLY MODERN
GOETHES WOMENS PARTS PLAYED BY MEN IN THE ROMAN THEATER
WHEN MEN WOMEN TURN Gender reversals in Fieldings play
BOYS AND GIRLS TOGETHER Subcultural origins of glamour drag and male impersonation on the nineteenthcentury stage
THE TRAVESTY DANCER IN NINETEENTHCENTURY BALLET
IM THE QUEEN OF THE BITCHES Female impersonation and Mae Wests Pleasure Man
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