Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender

Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender

Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender

Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender

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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 Ibsen's realism)* how canonical theatre represented gender in ways which maintain traditional images of masculinity and femininity.
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