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. 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part 1 Tranvestite Logics; Chapter 1 Dress Codes, or the Theatricality of Difference; Chapter 2 Cross-Dress for Success; Chapter 3 The Transvestite’s Progress; Chapter 4 Spare Parts; Chapter 5 Fetish Envy; Chapter 6 Breaking the Code; Part 2 Transvestite Effects; Chapter 7 Fear of Flying, or Why is Peter Pan a Woman?; Chapter 8 Cherchez La Femme; Chapter 9 Religious Habits; Chapter 10 Phantoms of the Opera; Chapter 11 Black and White TV; Chapter 12 The Chic of Araby; Chapter 13 The Transvestite Continuum Liberace-Valentino-Elvis; Chapter 14 Conclusion A Tergo;
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"Vested Interests is a political and emotional gold mine--beautifully illustrated, and written with wit, style, and with obvious love for the subject. Could you ask for more?." -- Kate Bornstein, Lambda Book Report
". . . erudite and exhilaratingly well-argued . . . her [Garber's] argument is both intricate and persuasive." -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett, The New York Times Book Review