Shadow boxing

Pulford, Donald (2011) Shadow boxing. [Performance]

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Shadow Boxing continues my interest in the production/performance of gender on stage. It tells the story of a closeted, gay boxer and the devastation that ensues when he is outed. The central device is the play’s appeal to the audience’s imagined ‘bad faith’ concerning masculinity and the shock when the attendant expectations are subverted or upturned. I expressed the foundation of our enterprise in the New York programme by quoting from Calvin Thomas’s Masculinity, Psychoanalysis, Straight Queer Theory:
... to leave masculinity unstudied, to proceed as if masculinity were somehow not a contingent form of gender/sexuation, would be to leave it naturalized, and thus to make it necessary, to reproduce contingency as necessity, to protect masculinity from change.

Additional Information:Shadow Boxing continues my interest in the production/performance of gender on stage. It tells the story of a closeted, gay boxer and the devastation that ensues when he is outed. The central device is the play’s appeal to the audience’s imagined ‘bad faith’ concerning masculinity and the shock when the attendant expectations are subverted or upturned. I expressed the foundation of our enterprise in the New York programme by quoting from Calvin Thomas’s Masculinity, Psychoanalysis, Straight Queer Theory: ... to leave masculinity unstudied, to proceed as if masculinity were somehow not a contingent form of gender/sexuation, would be to leave it naturalized, and thus to make it necessary, to reproduce contingency as necessity, to protect masculinity from change.
Keywords:Gay theatre, Gender, masculinity as performance
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:7597
Deposited On:21 Feb 2013 13:03

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