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Crossing the Stage : Controversies on Cross-Dressing - Lesley Ferris

Crossing the Stage

Controversies on Cross-Dressing

By: Lesley Ferris (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th November 1993
ISBN: 9780415062695
Number Of Pages: 232

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Cross-dressing in theatrical performance has generated a lively, controversial debate in the last decade. 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. The essays focus on cross-dressing in theatre, cabaret, opera and dance, and address everything from the significance of the cross-dressed classical Greek actor to the Renaissance tradition of adolescent boys playing female roles: from Restoration breeches roles to "vogueing."
Using critical perspectives drawn from social history, anthropology, psychoanalysis and gender theory, contributors discuss performance traditions within the wider context of sexology and sexuality, and draws out the differences of their approach.
Contributors include Jill Campbell, Yale University; Elizabeth Drorbaugh, Hofstra University; Lynn Garafola, Senior Editor, "Dance Magazine"; Marybeth Hamilton, University of London; Jean E. Howard, Columbia University; Peggy Phelan, New York University; Isa Ragusa, Princeton University; Laurence Senelick, Tufts University; Alisa Solomon, staff writer for "The Village Voice."

Industry Reviews

""Crossing the Stage is packed with valuable information. . . . It underscores, once again, that the time has come for transgendered people to dig up and interpret our own history and for all of us to crystallize a sex and gender theory that unites--not divides.." -"Lambda Book Report "Although "Crossing the Stage was intended for academics, it's conceivable that research oriented directors, critics and actors might turn to the slim volume...the fact that a theatrical phenomenon would attract both scholars and pop culture audiences justifies the need for the anthology." -"The Commercial Appeal, April 1994 "Ferrer's anthology provides an exciting resource book for those wishing to study the phenomenon of cross-dressing, both as a whole and more intimately in a specific instance. The quality of the articles and the scope of the work only add to the book's already considerable topical appeal." -"Theatre History Studies

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Current crossingsp. 1
Cross-Dressing, the Theater, and Gender Struggle in Early Modern Englandp. 20
Goethe's "Women's Parts Played by Men in the Roman Theater"p. 47
The Legacy of Goethe's Mimetic Stancep. 51
"When Men Women Turn": Gender reversals in Fielding's playsp. 58
Boys and Girls Together: Subcultural origins of glamour drag and male impersonation on the nineteenth-century stagep. 80
The Travesty Dancer in Nineteenth-Century Balletp. 96
"I'm the Queen of the Bitches": Female impersonation and Mae West's Pleasure Manp. 107
Sliding Scales: Notes on Storme DeLarverie and the Jewel Box Revue, the cross-dressed woman on the contemporary stage, and the invertp. 120
It's Never Too Late to Switch: Crossing toward powerp. 144
Crisscrossing Culturesp. 155
Bibliographyp. 171
Indexp. 191
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415062695
ISBN-10: 0415062691
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 11th November 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1

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