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The Changing Room

Sex, Drag and Theatre, 1st Edition

By Laurence Senelick


560 pages

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The answers to these questions - and much, much more - are to be found in The Changing Room , which traces the origins and variations of theatrical cross-dressing through the ages and across cultures. It examines:

* tribal rituals and shamanic practices in the Balkans and Chinese-Tibet

* the gender-bending elements of Greek and early Christian religion

* the homosexual appeal of the boy actor on the traditional stage of China, Japan and England

* the origins of the dame comedian, the principal boy, the glamour drag artiste and the male impersonator

* artists such as David Bowie, Boy George, Charles Ludlam, Dame Edna Everage, Lily Savage, Candy Darling, Julian Clary and the New York Dolls.

Lavishly illustrated with unusual and rare pictures, this is the first ever cross-cultural study of theatrical transvestism. It is a must for anyone interested in cross-dressing, theatre, and gender.


'…a thoughtful and meticulous tome to be welcomed by serious students of theatre and gender studies. With great care, Senelick discusses the anthropological, cultural, political and artistic history and ramifications of sexual identity and roles in theater and society.' - Publishers Weekly

'Excellent…bang up-to-date…these books will be in constant use for the foreseeable future…the completed series will be a 'must' for anyone interested or involved with Britain's wildlife, its ecology, its history and our relationships with it.'- Natural History Book Service

About the Author

Laurence Senelick is Fletcher Professor of Drama at Tufts University. He is the recipient of awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His many publications include lovesick (1998), The Chekhov Theatre, and the Age and Stage of George L. Fox.

About the Series

Gender in Performance

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General