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Arthur Hopkins

Arthur Hopkins  

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(1878–1950)American director and producer. Influenced by the writings of Wagner and Craig and productions of Reinhardt, Hopkins was instrumental in introducing the ‘New Theatre’ and—in his ...
Camp

Camp  

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Standing out from the background, or theatrical posturing. Camp taste is concerned with affectation, artificiality, playfulness, and theatricality, and historically is therefore associated with ...
cultural studies

cultural studies  

The critical analysis of the texts and practices of everyday life in contemporary society: an interdisciplinary enterprise involving both the humanities and the social sciences. Its territory (in the ...
deconstruction

deconstruction  

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An approach to the reading of literary and philosophical texts that casts doubt upon the possibility of finding in them a definitive meaning, and traces instead the multiplication (or ...
female Impersonation

female Impersonation  

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In the Greek and Elizabethan theatres female parts were invariably played by boys and men, as they were for centuries in China and Japan, where the actress is a comparatively ...
feminism

feminism  

The approach to social life, philosophy, and ethics that commits itself to correcting biases leading to the subordination of women or the disparagement of women's particular experience and of the ...
feminism and feminist theories

feminism and feminist theories  

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The discursive practices that inform semiotics as a field of inquiry have not overlooked the question of gender difference. Feminism as a critical discourse and sociopolitical movement is an ...
feminist semiotics

feminist semiotics  

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Feminists' relations to semiotic theory are ambivalent. The theory affords a sophisticated understanding of women's subordinate condition as cultural, not natural. It must be transformed, however, if ...
gay theatre and performance

gay theatre and performance  

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Theatrical production conceived and performed by gay men for gay audiences. In America, the movement is usually linked to the establishment of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway in the 1960s such as ...
gender and performance

gender and performance  

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A concern with identity politics made issues of gender fundamental to contemporary culture. The significance of gender in determining social behaviour and in defining power relations between men and ...
Gianni Vattimo

Gianni Vattimo  

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(1936– )Italian follower of Gadamer and Heidegger. Vattimo studied at Turin and Heidelberg, and taught aesthetics at the university of Turin, also pursuing a career as an administrator and ...
Holly Hughes

Holly Hughes  

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(1955– )American playwright and performance artist. Her plays such as The Well of Horniness (1983) and The Lady Dick (1985), darkly comic ensemble pieces that foreground lesbian sexuality and parody ...
identity politics

identity politics  

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Political positions and activism based on an aspect of identity (e.g. ethnicity, religion, sex, or sexual orientation) shared by a group which feels that its concerns are not adequately represented. ...
Jean Genet

Jean Genet  

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(1910–1986)French novelist and dramatist.Genet was born in Paris, the unwanted illegitimate son of a prostitute. Convicted of petty theft at an early age, he spent part of his youth in the reform ...
lesbian feminism

lesbian feminism  

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Lesbian feminists are largely concerned with issues at the intersection of female identity andsexual–affectional orientation. Issues which arise at this intersection are distinct from those that ...
Lesbian Literary Theory

Lesbian Literary Theory  

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Lesbian literary theories vary widely, depending upon how each theory understands the category lesbian and how essentially linked the category is to processes such as reading and writing. Brought ...
lesbian theatre

lesbian theatre  

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Although history contains many examples of women who displayed homoerotic attachments both on and off the stage, the social category ‘lesbian’ did not emerge until the late nineteenth century. ...
lesbianism

lesbianism  

(lez-bi-ăn-izm)a pattern of sexuality in which a woman is sexually attracted to, or engages in sexual behaviour with, another woman. See also homosexuality.—lesbianadj., n.
male impersonation

male impersonation  

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Since in the early theatre parts were mainly played by men and boys, the question of male impersonation did not arise until actresses had become firmly established. In England this ...
Male-Identified Woman

Male-Identified Woman  

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When the term male-identified woman was first employed by the feminist movement, it was used both to describe those women whose sense of self was totally circumscribed by “masculine” standards ...

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