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Re-Dressing the Canon : Essays on Theatre and Gender - Alisa Solomon

Re-Dressing the Canon

Essays on Theatre and Gender

Paperback Published: 30th October 1997
ISBN: 9780415157216
Number Of Pages: 224

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Re-Dressing the Canon examines the relationship between gender and performance in a series of essays which combine the critique of specific live performances with an astute theoretical analysis. Alisa Solomon discusses both canonical texts and contemporary productions in a lively jargon-free style. Among the dramatic texts considered are those of Aristophanes, Ibsen, Yiddish theatre, Mabou Mines, Deborah Warner, Shakespeare, Brecht, Split Britches, Ridiculous Theatre, and Tony Kushner.
Bringing to bear theories of 'gender performativity' upon theatrical events, the author explores:
* the 'double disguise' of cross-dressed boy-actresses
* how gender relates to genre (particularly in Ibsens' realism)
* how canonical theatre represented gender in ways which maintain traditional images of masculinity and femininity.

Industry Reviews

"An important contribution to the study of theater, gender, and the feminist theory, this detailed study is broad in scope and has more useful material than many books twice the size." -"Choice, July/August 1998 ..."the collection offers an engaging feminist perspective on the plays that the author selects." -Steven Winn, "San Fancisco Chronicle, March 1998 "A fresh, authoritative view of the canon as the seat, not the nemesis, of postmodern gender theory. ... Solomon is convincing and refreshingly nondogmatic. She has the knowledge, style, and suppleness of mind to make bedfellows of revisionists and dead white males. Her dissent is helpful, not dismissive, inclusive, not harsh. This invaluable contribution to the canon wars is rare manna from academia." -"Kirkus Reviews, December 1997

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Much Virtue in Ifp. 21
The New Drama and the New Womanp. 46
Materialist Girlp. 70
Queering the Canonp. 95
Three Canonical Crossingsp. 130
Epiloguep. 165
Notesp. 179
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780415157216
ISBN-10: 0415157218
Series: To Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 30th October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1