Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance

Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance Few Books Blend The Critical And Creative Approaches To Drag Performance This Provocatively And Engagingly, And None Provides Both The Historical And The Personal Perspectives So Effectively Torr And Bottoms Fundamentally Challenge Many Long Standing Ideas About Drag Kings And The Performance Of Masculinity Sarah Bay Cheng, University At Buffalo This Book Brings The Reader Inside An Artist S Creative Imagination And Intellect, Showing Us Diane Torr S Work In A Detailed, Thoughtful, And Engaging Way We Discover How Torr Uses Different Physical Disciplines To Explore How Gender Is Constructed, Interpreted, And Expressed Along The Way By Taking Us Into Various Venues In Which She Performed She Evokes The Lively, Dynamic Scene In New York In The S And S Alisa Solomon, Columbia UniversityWhy Would Women Want To Perform As Men Why Is Gender Crossing So Compelling, Whether It Happens Onstage Or In Everyday Life What Can Drag Performance Teach, And What Aesthetic, Political, And Personal Questions Does It Raise Performance Artist Diane Torr Has Been Experimenting With The Performance Of Gender For Thirty Years Exploring Everything From Feminist Go Go Dancing To Masculine Power Play One Of The Key Pioneers Of Drag King Performance, Torr Has Been Celebrated Internationally For Her Gender Transformation Workshops, In Which She Has Taught Hundreds Of Ordinary Women How To Pass As Men On City Streets Around The World This Cultural Subterfuge Appeals To Participants For Many Different Reasons Personal Confidence Building, Sexual Frisson, Gender Subversion, Trans Curiosity, Or Simply The Appeal Of Disguise And Role Play Sex, Drag, And Male Roles Documents The Evolution Of Torr S Work By Blending First Person Memoir And Commentary From Torr With Critical Reflections And Contextualization From Leading Performance Critic Stephen J Bottoms The Book Includes A Consideration Of The Long Cultural History Of Female To Male Cross Dressing And Concludes With Torr S Do It Yourself Guide To Becoming A Man For A Day Diane Torr Developed Her Cross Disciplinary Art In The Downtown New York Art Scene From To Now Living In Scotland, Torr Has Earned An International Reputation For Her Performances And Gender Transformation Workshops Featured On HBO, BBC, And This American Life On NPR, Among Others Her Work Is The Focus Of A Feature Film, Man For A Day Stephen J Bottoms Is Wole Soyinka Professor Of Drama And Theatre Studies At The University Of Leeds His Books Include Playing Underground A Critical History Of The S Off Off Broadway Movement And Small Acts Of Repair Performance, Ecology, And Goat IslandCover Diane Torr Walks The Streets Of London, Photo By Debbie Humphreys

10 thoughts on “Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance

  1. says:

    The book follows Diane s life experiences, so it discusses sex, drag, and male roles from a very specific point of view.Her stories are very compelling, and her reflections around gender are very open ended, so there s space for you to think and keep thinking for a while The segments by Stephen Bottoms are there to contextualise you, but I do wonder how useful they are I mean, Diane could have included that information in her sections.Anywho, very quick to read, and fascinating.

  2. says:

    A little simplistic I really enjoyed the historical perspective and was not at all interested in the memoirish segments by Torr or in her performance texts I find it hard to believe that a professional drag king would not have invested in a binder by now from what I ve read of the trans community, I thought they really hated the stereotype of binding with Ace bandages Still, an interesting read.

  3. says:

    Co written by a performance artist and an academic, this book will be just an interesting point of conversation in my drag class in the fall There are scripts in the appendix for some of Torr s performances very helpful to read these along with their analysis.

  4. says:

    A revelation

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