1st Edition

Cross-Gender China
Across Yin-Yang, Across Cultures, and Beyond Jingju





ISBN 9780367735937
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

Cross-Gender China, the outcome of more than twenty years of theatrical and sociological research, deconstructs the cultural implications of cross-gender performance in today's China.



The recent revival in male-to-female cross-gender nandan performance in Chinese theatre raises a multitude of questions: it may suggest new gender dynamics, or new readings of old aesthetic traditions in new socio-cultural contexts. Interrogating the positions of the gender being performed and the gender doing the performing, this volume gives a broad cultural account of the contexts in which this unique performance style has found new life.

Table of Contents

Abstract



Dedication



Acknowledgements





Chapter 1. Introduction





Chapter 2. Cultural Obsession



The Making of China’s National Icon



The Rise of an All-Female Utopia



National Identity and the Formation of the Gender Aesthetics





Chapter 3. Mao’s "Gender Trouble"



The Downfall of the Cross-Gender Performance Tradition



From Theatre to Reality: Normalization of Female Masculinity



The Production of a Social Taboo





Chapter 4. The Revival



White Faced Gentleman: The Unofficial Return of Nandan



"Natural Selection" in the Aesthetic Regime: The Return of Traditional Femininity



The Mainstreaming of Drag in Popular Media





Chapter 5. The New Generation



"Two Spirited" M. Butterfly



The Superwoman Within



Intersex



Occasional Cross-Gender



Training



"Double Standard"



Employment Opportunities



Relationships



Success





Chapter 6. Rebel or Follow



When Theatre and Biology Intersect



Interplay: Desires, Identities and Transgression



Make Believe: Creating a Psychological Truth



The Performed and the Innate



The Drama of Reality



Sexual Artifice in Gender Transgression





Chapter 7. Conclusion





References





Appendix A.



Major interview questions





Appendix B.



List of Interviewees





Appendix C.



Glossary

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Author(s)

Biography

Huai Bao aka H.B. Dhawa is a post-doctoral fellow of the Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto.