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Masquerade and Identities : Essays on Gender, Sexuality, and Marginality - Efrat Tseelon

Masquerade and Identities

Essays on Gender, Sexuality, and Marginality

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Masquerade, both literal and metaphorical, is now a central concept on many disciplines. This timely volume explores and revisits the role of disguise in constructing, expressing and representing marginalised identities, and in undermining easy distinctions between 'true' identity and artifice.
The book is interdisciplinary in approach, spanning a diverse range of cultures and narrative voices. It provides provocative and nuanced ways of thinking about masquerade as a tool for construction, and a tool for critique. The essays interrogate such themes as:
*mask and carnival
*fetish fashion
*stigma of illegitimacy
*femininity as masquerade
*lesbian masks
*cross-dressing in Jewish folk theatre
*the mask in seventeenth and eighteenth century London and nineteenth century France
*the voice as mask.

Reflections on mask and carnival / Efrat Tse??lon -- Stigma, uncertain identity and skill in disguise / Christie Davies -- Lesbian masks : beauty and other negotiations / Halla Beloff -- Fashion, fetish, fantasy / Valerie Steele -- Is womanliness nothing but a masquerade? An analysis of The crying game / Alkeline van Lenning, Saskia Maas and Wendy Leeks -- The scarf and the toothache : cross-dressing in the Jewish folk theatre / Ahuva Belkin -- The metamorphosis of the mask in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century London / Christoph Heyl -- Masked and unamsked at the opera balls : Parisian women celebrate carnival / Ann Ilan-Alter -- On women and clothes and carnival fools / Efrat Tse??lon.

ISBN: 9780203164822
ISBN-10: 2370005406618
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 17th May 2001