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

Masquerade and Identities

Essays on Gender, Sexuality and Marginality

Hardcover Published: 17th May 2001
ISBN: 9780415251051
Number Of Pages: 208

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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.

List of platesp. ix
List of contributorsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xix
Introduction: masquerade and identitiesp. 1
Reflections on mask and carnivalp. 18
Stigma, uncertain identity and skill in disguisep. 38
Lesbian masks: beauty and other negotiationsp. 54
Fashion, fetish, fantasyp. 73
Is womanliness nothing but a masquerade? An analysis of The Crying Gamep. 83
The scraf and the toothache: cross-dressing in the Jewish folk theatrep. 101
The metamorphosis of the mask in seventeenth-and eighteenth-century Londonp. 114
Masked and unmasked at the opera balls: Parisian women celebrate carnivalp. 135
On women and clothes and carnival foolsp. 153
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780415251051
ISBN-10: 0415251052
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 17th May 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.38 x 14.4  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1