Subversive acts : the politics of the female subject in performance

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Banning, Yvonne en_ZA
dc.contributor.author De Wet, Elizabeth en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-14T18:07:08Z
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dc.date.issued 1997 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation De Wet, E. 1997. Subversive acts : the politics of the female subject in performance. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13896
dc.description Summary in English. en_ZA
dc.description Bibliography: leaves 146-155. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This study analyses the role of theatrical discourse in the relationship between patriarchal ideology and gendered subjectivity. It explores ways in which theatre might be used to encourage the social transgression of patriarchal gender norms and investigates the problems associated with the practical realisation of these strategies for gender subversion. The study is structured in two parts. Part I lays the theoretical foundation of the discussion. It argues, in Chapter One, that the concept of gender identity as a natural, inherent facet of human nature is an ideological construct and that gender is not, therefore, an innate aspect of all human beings, but rather a learnt behaviour. In Chapter Two, the connection between the social and theatrical performances of gender is made and the role of theatre in teaching the social performance of gender is examined. Part I concludes with an exploration into possible strategies for gender subversion within the paradigm of theatre. Part II concentrates on the application of the theory discussed in Part I to the practice of theatre. Chapters Four and Five focus respectively on the author's experiences of producing and receiving performance texts from a gender-subversive perspective. In conclusion, this study argues that there are particular problems associated with attempting gender-subversion through theatrical performance texts, due to the extent to which patriarchal ideology is entrenched within the cultural practice of theatre. It also argues, however, that theatre offers unique potential for intervening in the interpellation of gendered subjects and as such, all attempts to use it to this end should be encouraged and supported. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Drama en_ZA
dc.title Subversive acts : the politics of the female subject in performance en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Drama en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation De Wet, E. (1997). <i>Subversive acts : the politics of the female subject in performance</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13896 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation De Wet, Elizabeth. <i>"Subversive acts : the politics of the female subject in performance."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama, 1997. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13896 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation De Wet E. Subversive acts : the politics of the female subject in performance. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama, 1997 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13896 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - De Wet, Elizabeth AB - This study analyses the role of theatrical discourse in the relationship between patriarchal ideology and gendered subjectivity. It explores ways in which theatre might be used to encourage the social transgression of patriarchal gender norms and investigates the problems associated with the practical realisation of these strategies for gender subversion. The study is structured in two parts. Part I lays the theoretical foundation of the discussion. It argues, in Chapter One, that the concept of gender identity as a natural, inherent facet of human nature is an ideological construct and that gender is not, therefore, an innate aspect of all human beings, but rather a learnt behaviour. In Chapter Two, the connection between the social and theatrical performances of gender is made and the role of theatre in teaching the social performance of gender is examined. Part I concludes with an exploration into possible strategies for gender subversion within the paradigm of theatre. Part II concentrates on the application of the theory discussed in Part I to the practice of theatre. Chapters Four and Five focus respectively on the author's experiences of producing and receiving performance texts from a gender-subversive perspective. In conclusion, this study argues that there are particular problems associated with attempting gender-subversion through theatrical performance texts, due to the extent to which patriarchal ideology is entrenched within the cultural practice of theatre. It also argues, however, that theatre offers unique potential for intervening in the interpellation of gendered subjects and as such, all attempts to use it to this end should be encouraged and supported. DA - 1997 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1997 T1 - Subversive acts : the politics of the female subject in performance TI - Subversive acts : the politics of the female subject in performance UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13896 ER - en_ZA


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