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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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Where does identity lie in masquerade, or contrariwise, where does masquerade lie in identity? This collection of essays explores the role of the mask in constructing and expressing marginalized identities, and in so doing, it calls attention to the "nature" of identity and its relationship to outward manifestations of itself. The essays span a range of disciplines and cultures, from gender studies to visual art to fashion theory and from American to Israeli to German, and investigate such themes as illegitimate birth, lesbian and fetish fashions, Jewish folk theatre, women's face masks of 17th century England and 18th century France, the Carnivale fool, and cross-dressing in The Crying Game.

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: 0203164822
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 17th May 2001