Vested Interests: Cross-dressing and Cultural Anxiety

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Routledge, Oct 12, 2012 - Social Science - 500 pages
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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.
 

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VESTED INTERESTS: Cross-Dressing and Cultural Anxiety

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An elaborate theory by Garber (English/Harvard Univ.), insisting that the transvestite is at the elusive heart of Western culture. In a century-sweeping book, Garber applies current critical thought ... Read full review

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Do clothes really make the man? What do Elvis and Liberace have in common? Why is Peter Pan always played by a woman? These are just a few of the questions of sexual and sartorial politics raised by ... Read full review

Contents

Picture Credits
Dress Codes or the Theatricality of Difference
CrossDress for Success
The Surgical Construction of Gender
Transvestism and Gay Identity
CrossDressing in Detective Fiction
Actor Diplomat Transvestite
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Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard

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