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Vested Interests By Marjorie Garber

Vested Interests
by Marjorie Garber

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Cites the recurrence of transvestite theatre through different eras and cultures, arguing that the transvestite reiterates the theatre's underlying problem of representation. By examining the varied social manifestations, the book addresses issues of gender, sexuality, race and class.
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Vested Interests: Cross-dressing and Cultural Anxiety by Marjorie Garber

"Vested Interests" focuses on the relationship between the aesthetic and the existential, from Shakespeare to Peter Pan and "M. Butterfly", from transsexual surgery and societies for transvestites and transsexuals, to Madonna, Michael Jackson, and even Elvis. Garber establishes that transvestism, far from being a marginal and socially deviant practice, in fact makes culture possible by marking the entrance to the symbolic. Citing the recurrence of transvestite theatre throughout different eras and cultures, Garber views the transvestite as a reiteration of the theatre's underlying problem of representation, because the transvestite acknowledges that every figure on stage is an "impersonator". By examining transvestism's varied social manifestations, the book addresses issues of gender, sexuality, race and class. The argument is illustrated with examples: the sumptuary laws of medieval and early modern Europe, the little-known "transvestite tales" of Mark Twain and the public furore over an art student's portrayal of late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington wearing women's lingerie. This book should be of interest to undergraduates and academics.

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Table of Contents


Part 1 Transvestite logics: dress codes, or the theatricality of difference; cross-dress for success; the transvestite's progress; spare parts - the surgical construction of gender; fetish envy; breaking the code - transvestism and gay identity. Part 2 Transvestite effects: fear of flying, or why is Peter Pan a woman?; Cherchez la Femme - cross-dressing in detective fiction; religious habits; phantoms of the opera - actor, diplomat, transvestite, spy; black and white TV - cross-dressing the colour line; the chic of araby - transvestitism and the erotics of cultural appropriation; the transvestite continuum - Liberace-Valentino-Elvis.

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GOR001080918
Vested Interests: Cross-dressing and Cultural Anxiety by Marjorie Garber
Marjorie Garber
Penguin social sciences
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1993-04-01
432
0140179291
9780140179293
N/A
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