Re-dressing the Canon: Essays on Theatre and Gender by Alisa Solomon
By Alisa Solomon
Re-Dressing the Canon examines the connection among gender and function in a chain of essays which mix the critique of particular dwell performances with an astute theoretical research. Alisa Solomon discusses either canonical texts and modern productions in a full of life jargon-free sort. one of the dramatic texts thought of are these of Aristophanes, Ibsen, Yiddish theatre, Mabou Mines, Deborah Warner, Shakespeare, Brecht, break up Britches, Ridiculous Theatre, and Tony Kushner. Bringing to undergo theories of 'gender performativity' upon theatrical occasions, the writer explores: * the 'double conceal' of cross-dressed boy-actresses * how gender pertains to style (particularly in Ibsens' realism) * how canonical theatre represented gender in methods which continue conventional pictures of masculinity and femininity.
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