Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theatre and Gender [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theatre and Gender

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134728947
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/2/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgements
Introduction: how easy is a bush suppos'd a bear 1
1 Much virtue in if: Shakespeare's cross-dressed boy-actresses and the non-illusory stage 21
2 The New Drama and the New Woman: reconstructing Ibsen's realism 46
3 Materialist girl: The Good Person of Szechwan and making gender strange 70
4 Queering the canon: Azoi toot a Yid 95
5 Three canonical crossings 130
Cracking nature's mold: Mabou Mines re-engenders Lear 130
People don't do such things: Charles Ludlam's Hedda 144
Epic fornications: Bloolips and Split Britches do Tennessee 154
Epilogue: not just a passing fancy: notes on butch 165
Notes 179
Index 201
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