‘Just a Boy in a Dress’ : Performing Gender in Male-to-Female Cross-dressing Narratives

Mallan, Kerry M. (2006) ‘Just a Boy in a Dress’ : Performing Gender in Male-to-Female Cross-dressing Narratives. In Collins, Fiona M. & Ridgman, Jeremy (Eds.) Turning the page : children's literature in performance and the media. Peter Lang, Oxford, pp. 251-268.

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In this chapter, my focus is on juvenile cross-dressers, specifically male-to-female cross-dressing across a selection of texts. My argument is that while these texts construct male characters who temporarily blur and confuse the regulatory distinction between the masculine and the feminine, their closures, nevertheless, resort to a conservative and traditional return to order and normality that is unable to unsettle gender categories that are the preconditions of identity and agency.

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ID Code: 6447
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details : k.mallan@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: children's literature, cross, dressing, gender, transgender, children's films
ISBN: 9783039102556
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Peter Lang
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 04:00

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