The Feminist Spectator as Critic

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University of Michigan Press, Oct 24, 2012 - Performing Arts - 168 pages

The Feminist Spectator as Criticbroke new ground as one of the pioneering books on feminist spectatorship, encouraging resistant readings to generate feminist meanings in performance. Approaching live spectatorship through a range of interdisciplinary methods, the book has been foundational in theater studies, performance studies, and gender/sexuality/women's studies. This updated and enlarged second edition celebrates the book's twenty-fifth anniversary with a substantial new introduction and up-to-the-moment bibliography, detailing the progress to date in gender equity in theater and the arts, and suggesting how far we have yet to go.


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The Question of Universality
Looking through the Male Gaze
Sexuality and Gender in Pornography and Performance
5 Cultural Feminism and the Feminine Aesthetic
ApparatusBased Theory and Practice
Revised and Updated Bibliography
Index to the First Edition

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About the author (2012)

Jill Dolan is Annan Professor in English, Professor of Theater, and Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. She received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for her blog of the same name, The Feminist Spectator. Her other books include A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw (editor); Theatre & Sexuality; Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theater; Geographies of Learning: Theory and Practice, Activism and Performance; and Presence and Desire: Essays on Gender, Sexuality, Performance. The Feminist Spectator blog can be found at

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