Gender and Realism in Plays and Performances by Women

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Gender and Realism in Plays and Performances by Women addresses gender issues and the "creating" of gender in contemporary theatre (1970s-1990s) by British and American women. This book's foci are the biological-essentialism vision of the gender category. Woman, as well as the deconstruction of gender as presented in plays and performance art by women. Artists discussed include Beth Henley, Sarah Daniels, Pam Gems, Jane Chambers, Peggy Shaw, and Holly Hughes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820445977
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: American University Studies
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 60.00 (w) x 87.50 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: A Critical Overview 1
1 Feminism and The Gestation Drive in Plays by Pam Gems 17
Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi 17
Loving Women 28
2 The Family Play and Beth Henley's Pageants 39
Characterization and the Family-Play Tradition 39
The Miss Firecracker Contest 41
The Debutante Ball 47
3 Language, Myth, and Essentialism: Joan Schenkar's The Lodger 55
An Essentialist Fantasy: History (Re)Invented 55
The Adversary 58
Time and Language: Irrelevancies 59
The Rules of Revenge 62
4 The Lesbian in Realism 65
Ousting the Rebel 66
The Lesbian Society in Plays of Realism 75
5 Performance Art 83
Holly Hughes's World Without End 84
Peggy Shaw's You're Just Like My Father 93
Afterword 99
Notes 103
Bibliography 107
Index 113
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