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."
""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