The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance presents the most influential and widely-known, critical work on gender and performing arts, together with exciting and provocative new writings. It provides systematically arranged articles to guide the reader from topic to topic, and specially linked articles by scholars and teachers to explain key issues and put the extracts in context. This comprehensive volume:
* reviews women's contributions to theatre history
* includes contributions from many of the top academics in this discipline
* examines how theatre has represented women over the centuries
* introduces readers to major theoretical approaches and more complex questions about gender, the body and cross-dressing
* offers an international perspective, including material from post-apartheid South Africa and post-communist Russia.

chapter |16 pages

Introduction: Gender in Performance

ByLizbeth Goodman

part |35 pages

The history of women in theatre

part |32 pages

Women taking the stage: The history of women in theatre 1660–1960

chapter |5 pages

Introduction to Part Two

ByGerry Harris

chapter |4 pages

The Social Dynamic and ‘Respectability'

ByTracy C. Davis

chapter |6 pages

The New Woman in the New Theatre

ByViv Gardner

part |44 pages

The changing status of women in theatre

part |33 pages

Feminist approaches to gender in performance

part |24 pages

Gendering the bodies of performance and criticism

part |41 pages

Comparative perspectives and cultures

chapter |6 pages

Introduction to Part Six

ByClaire MacDonald

chapter |7 pages

British Feminist Theatres: To each her own

ByLizbeth Goodman

chapter |5 pages

The Legacies of Feminist Theatres in the USA

ByCharlotte Canning

chapter |5 pages

Women in Russian Theatre

ByVera Shamina

chapter |5 pages

Women, Feminism and South African Theatre

ByMiki Flockemann

chapter |5 pages

Feminism in Australian Theatre

ByPeta Tait

part |34 pages

Feminisms, sexualities, spaces and forms

chapter |5 pages

Introduction to Part Seven

ByJanet Adshead-Lansdale

chapter |5 pages

Women's Performance Art: Feminism and postmodernism

ByJeanie K. Forte

chapter |4 pages

Feminist Strategies for the Study of Dance

ByAlexandra Carter

chapter |4 pages

Gender and Performance: Classical Indian dancing

ByMandakranta Bose

chapter |4 pages

Reclaiming the Discourse of Camp

ByMoe Meyer

chapter |4 pages

Performing Sexuality in Psychic Space

ByMick Wallis

part |40 pages

Reception and reviewing

chapter |5 pages

Introduction to Part Eight

BySusan Bennett

chapter |6 pages

Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema

ByLaura Mulvey

chapter |6 pages

Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation

ByTeresa de Lauretis

chapter |4 pages

Reception Theory, Gender and Performance

ByStephen Regan

chapter |2 pages


ByLois Weaver