Vested Interests Cross-Dressing and Cultural Anxiety

ISBN-10: 0415919517

ISBN-13: 9780415919517

Edition: 1998

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Description: Beginning with the bold claim, "There can be no culture without the transvestite," Marjorie Garber explores the nature and significance of cross-dressing and of the West's recurring fascination with it. Vested Interests is a tour de force of cultural criticism: its investigations range across history, literature, film, photography, and popular and mass culture, from Shakespeare to Mark Twain, from Oscar Wilde to Peter Pan, from transsexual surgery and transvestite "sororities" to Madonna, Flip Wilson, Rudolph Valentino and Elvis Presley. What, Garber asks, does clothing have to do with sexuality? How do dress codes contribute to the organization of society? How is passing as a man or a woman related to racial passing? Is transvestitism a sign of homosexuality? What are the politics of drag? Why are cross-dressing rituals so commonly a part of the male power elite? How do transvestites appear--and disappear--in detective fiction? Is religious costume a kind ofcross-dressing? Why is Peter Pan played by a woman? The books fifteen chapters include "Cross-Dressing for Success," "Fetish Envy," The Chic of Araby," "Phantoms of the Opera," "Black and White TV" (on transvestitism in African-American literature and culture), Spare Parts" (on transsexual surgery, the surgical construction of gender) and "Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in Bed." Rich in anecdote and insight, Vested Interests offers a provocative and entertaining view of our ongoing obsession with dressing up--and with the power of clothes.

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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 498
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Introduction List of Plates
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: Transvestitism and Gay Identity
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 Conclusion a tergo: Red Riding- Hood and the Wolf in Bed
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