The Gendering of National Culture, Or, The Only Good Woman is a Man

Joshua Goldstein

in Drama Kings

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247529
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932791 | DOI:
The Gendering of National Culture, Or, The Only Good Woman is a Man

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This chapter discusses the changing terrain of gender performance and homo- and heterosexuality within the theater, describing the rise of a new form of female role known as the huashan (flower gown/garment). If women were becoming increasingly influential in urban theaters, both as actresses and audience, why was the Peking opera stage overwhelmingly dominated by male dan actors? Borrowing in part from the works of Judith Butler, Eve Sedgwick, and Faye Dudden, this chapter explores the ramifications of the representational practices of enframing for constructions of sex and gender, arguing that this regime of representation clearly had uneven effects on the public perception and reception of male and female actors.

Keywords: homosexuality acting; gender performance; Peking opera; male dan actors; huashan; Judith Butler; Eve Sedgwick

Chapter.  10235 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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