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Performing women : female characters, male playwrights, and the modern stage

Author: Gay Gibson Cima
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'Some feminists criticize male playwrights for misrepresenting and thereby victimizing women through patriarchal narratives; other feminists applaud selected male playwrights as creators of "universal" women's roles. In this bold and imaginative book, Gay Gibson Cima delineates previously unacknowledged complexities in the relationship between male playwrights and female characters in the modern theatre. That  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cima, Gay Gibson, 1948-
Performing women.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)607793987
Online version:
Cima, Gay Gibson, 1948-
Performing women.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)621402512
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gay Gibson Cima
ISBN: 0801428742 9780801428746 0801483379 9780801483370
OCLC Number: 28182929
Description: xiii, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ibsen and the critical actor --
Strindberg and the transformational actor --
The Brecht Collective and the parabolic actor --
Pinter and the cinematic actor --
Shepard and the improvisational actor --
Beckett and the Nō actor.
Responsibility: Gay Gibson Cima.

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'Some feminists criticize male playwrights for misrepresenting and thereby victimizing women through patriarchal narratives; other feminists applaud selected male playwrights as creators of "universal" women's roles. In this bold and imaginative book, Gay Gibson Cima delineates previously unacknowledged complexities in the relationship between male playwrights and female characters in the modern theatre. That relationship has been misinterpreted, she maintains, because the contributions of female actors and the variations in their actual performance conditions and styles are too often ignored. Taking into account hypothetical as well as historical performances of works by representative male playwrights from Ibsen to Beckett, Cima sheds important new light on the acting styles invented by women to create female characters on stage. Changes in performance style, Cima observes, may alter conventional modes of viewing and disrupt behavioral codes generated by a patriarchal cultural system. Performing Women is essential reading for theatre critics and historians, feminist theorists, theatre professionals and amateurs, and others interested in film and the stage [Publisher description].

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"A significant contribution to the yet emergent field of performance criticism. . . .A must-read book for anyone who ever teaches. . . Modern Drama."-Essays in Theatre/Etudes thetrales "Cima Read more...

 
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