First edition. - London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
Book — xii, 170 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Abstract Dedication Acknowledgements
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Cultural Obsession The Making of China's National Icon The Rise of an All-Female Utopia National Identity and the Formation of the Gender Aesthetics
Chapter 3. Mao's "Gender Trouble" The Downfall of the Cross-Gender Performance Tradition From Theatre to Reality: Normalization of Female Masculinity The Production of a Social Taboo
Chapter 4. The Revival White Faced Gentleman: The Unofficial Return of Nandan "Natural Selection" in the Aesthetic Regime: The Return of Traditional Femininity The Mainstreaming of Drag in Popular Media
Chapter 5. The New Generation "Two Spirited" M. Butterfly The Superwoman Within Intersex Occasional Cross-Gender Training "Double Standard" Employment Opportunities Relationships Success
Chapter 6. Rebel or Follow When Theatre and Biology Intersect Interplay: Desires, Identities and Transgression Make Believe: Creating a Psychological Truth The Performed and the Innate The Drama of Reality Sexual Artifice in Gender Transgression
Chapter 7. Conclusion References Appendix A. Major interview questions Appendix B. List of Interviewees Appendix C. Glossary.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Cross-Gender China, the outcome of more than twenty years of theatrical and sociological research, deconstructs the cultural implications of cross-gender performance in today's China. The recent revival in male-to-female cross-gender nandan performance in Chinese theatre raises a multitude of questions: it may suggest new gender dynamics, or new readings of old aesthetic traditions in new socio-cultural contexts. Interrogating the positions of the gender being performed and the gender doing the performing, this volume gives a broad cultural account of the contexts in which this unique performance style has found new life. (source: Nielsen Book Data)