Fearless Femininity by Women in American Theatre, 1910s to 2010s

Fearless Femininity by Women in American Theatre, 1910s to 2010s

by Lynne Greeley


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Fearless Femininity by Women in American Theatre, 1910s to 2010s by Lynne Greeley

In this unprecedented, fascinating book which covers women in theatre from the 1910s to the 2010s, author Lynne Greeley notes that, for the purposes of this study, "feminism" is defined as the political impulse toward economic and social empowerment for females or the female-identified, a position perceived by many feminists as oppositional to ideas of femininity that they see as personally and politically constraining and that "femininity" comprises social behaviors and practices that mean as "many different things as there are women," some of which are empowering and others of which are not. This book illuminates how throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, playwrights and artists in American theatre both embodied and disrupted the feminine of their times. Through approaches as wide ranging as performing their own recipes, energizing silences, raging against war and rape, and inviting the public to inscribe their naked bodies, theatre artists have used performance as a site to insert themselves between the physicality of their female presence and the liminality of their disrupting the role of the feminine. Capturing that place of liminality, a neither-here-nor-there place that is often unsafe, where the established order is overturned by acts as banal as raising a plant, women have written and performed and disrupted their way through one hundred years of theatre history, even within the constraints of a variably rigid and usually unsympathetic social order. Creating a feminist femininity, they have reinscribed their place in the culture and provided models for their audiences to do the same. This comprehensive tome, part of the Cambria Contemporary Global Performing Arts headed by John Clum (Duke University) is an essential addition for theater studies and women's studies.

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ISBN-13: 9781604978834
Publisher: Cambria Press
Publication date: 02/06/2015
Pages: 588
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.44(d)

About the Author

Lynne Greeley is Professor Emerita of Theatre at the University of Vermont where she taught theatre history, dramatic literature, Euro-theatre, and “Playing with Femininity.” She has a PhD from the University of Maryland College Park and a master’s degree from American University, Washington, D.C. Her scholarly work includes multiple articles and chapters on women in American theatre, early feminist theatre, the theatre of the radical 1960s, and the teaching of theatre at the university level.

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