Strip Show: Performances of Gender and Desire

Strip Show: Performances of Gender and Desire

by Katherine Liepe-Levinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415173817

ISBN-13: 9780415173810

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book offers an account of an unprecedented North American study of contemporary female and male strip shows. It particularly focuses on the contradictory sex roles, cultural positions, and performance practices of 'straight'strip shows during their second heyday in the early 1990s.
Katherine Liepe-Levinson's research took her to over seventy different strip

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This book offers an account of an unprecedented North American study of contemporary female and male strip shows. It particularly focuses on the contradictory sex roles, cultural positions, and performance practices of 'straight'strip shows during their second heyday in the early 1990s.
Katherine Liepe-Levinson's research took her to over seventy different strip bars, clubs, theatres and sex emporiums ranging from elaborate lap-dancing and couch-dancing 'gentlemen's' clubs in New York, Houston, and San Francisco; to Peoria's onetime duplex cabaret where women strip for men downstairs, and men for women upstairs; to the nightclubs of Montreal where female and male performers displayed the 'Full Monty'.
Liepe-Levinson's intriguing, comprehensive study concentrates on the cultural and theatrical elements of the strip shows themselves including the geographic locations and interior designs of the clubs, the choreography and costumes of the dancers and the all-important participation of the audience. She draws upon a variety of methodologies as well as interviews with performers to explore how the strip show's cultural and theatrical aspects simultaneously uphold and break traditional sex roles. Her findings readily complicate several of the most prominent and prevalent theories about sexual representation, gender and desire.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415173810
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Gender in Performance Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Strip show: Performance of gender and desire1
1Urban locations of desire: A tale of five cities19
2Interiors50
3Costume dramas and sexual subjectivity76
4Choreography I: The basic moves108
5Choreography II: Structure, pleasure, and "confessional" narratives of the body133
6Performing spectators: The pleasure of mimetic jeopardy151
7Epilogue as intermezzo: The saga of the strip show, or the battles over sexual representation rage on ...180
Appendix189
Notes191
Select bibliography231
Index251

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