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Barry Jordan

character achieved a degree of agency, power or dominance in the film narrative, she was likely to come to a bad end and pay for her curiosity (i.e. sexual desire) with her life (1984: 85). 18 Moreover, the female spectator was denied a gaze of her own and on the whole had no active women characters to identify with. This being so, short of abandoning mainstream cinema, her only recourse was transvestism, i.e. she was obliged to

in Alejandro Amenábar
Paul Henley

outside their normal social contexts and in a very abbreviated and reduced form. Even so, when these films are assessed in the light of the comparative ethnography and the historical accounts that have been published subsequently, they can yield valuable insights into the way of life of the subjects, some aspects of which would not have been available to the film-makers themselves. Thus, for example, without his being aware of it, Haddon's material appears to show that there was an element of transvestism in the traditional male initiation ceremony

in Beyond observation
John Kinsella

must not read Carey’s book as fact. The site decries the book’s elements of transvestism, Ned Kelly having a child and so on. Details, it claims, that don’t match the ‘true history’! On one level this is missing the point, but on another it is also a rebuttal of the hype that goes behind such a work. The novel is a work of pure advertising. It interweaves the language of Kelly as dictated to Byrne in the Jerilderie Letter – Australia’s manifesto of the oppressed Irishman, declaration of independence and map to the individual–community dichotomies of Australian

in Polysituatedness
Susana Onega

, Georgette, and a Roman Catholic priest with a taste for drinking and card-playing. Like the tender-hearted eponymous hero of Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, Henri abhors pain inflicted on animals. His friend Domino says that he ‘can’t pick up a musket to shoot a rabbit’ (P 28) and he himself admits that he can only bring himself to kill the moles that destroy the family crops ‘by looking the other way’ (P 31). By contrast, Villanelle is a resourceful and witty bisexual woman with sparkling blue eyes and flashing red hair (P 51) and a taste for transvestism (P 54), who

in Jeanette Winterson
Polarized Approaches to Psychology, Poetics, and Patronage
Robert L. Reid

Antonio’s homoerotic bond with Bassanio and by Portia’s use of male transvestism. The biblical subtext provides a smokescreen and justification for the same-sex bond (i.e., the forbidden true love) at the embattled heart of the play. Judith Rosenheim, ‘Allegorical Commentary in The Merchant of Venice ’, Shakespeare Studies , 24 (1996), 156–210, explains how the allegory is

in Shakespeare and Spenser
Recent fiction
David Stirrup

adventures – not least the transvestism of Damien himself – introducing new questions and explorations into the theme of transformation and mutable identity, and engaging more directly with issues of Anishinaabe cultural sovereignty. While Catholicism, particularly its emphasis on revelation and devotion, is central to the plot of Last Report , Damien’s faith wavers. And of course as Pauline, like the saintly archetype she ironically aspires to, insists on notions of perfection, Damien, like Nanapush, more closely reflects the imperfections of the Anishinaabe culture

in Louise Erdrich
S. H. Rigby

. As a result, ‘her performance is a kind of transvestism’. 66 Here, in contrast to those critics who argue that Chaucer intends us to sympathise with the Wife’s reflexive exposure of clerical misogyny, I will argue that Chaucer himself satirises her performance. Even though Alisoun relies on familiar clerical and scholastic modes of argument, such as appealing to traditional

in Chaucer in context
Guy Austin

fact that its transmission transcends moral judgement, has no place in the romantic, highly stylised world of Mauvais sang . Bertrand Blier’s evocation of Aids in his film of the same year, Tenue de soirée , is also peripheral, but is more germane to both his subject – sexual identity, role-playing and transvestism – and to the style of the film, which is at least partially realistic. During the

in Contemporary French cinema
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Masculinity, mortaliity and sexual politics
David Brauner

mother suggested by his misappropriation of her underwear leads to an inability to identify with her at all, an emotional estrangement that renders him anything but a ‘mother’s boy’. If Shimi’s transvestism seems to exist in an appositional relation to his brother’s homosexuality, his queer masculinity is also defined in opposition to male authority figures. As a child, his shame at his cross-dressing is compounded by his father’s beating and by his own internalisation of what the beating implied: ‘He didn’t feel a man in the presence of his father’ (48). As a young

in Howard Jacobson
Robert Lanier Reid

Two distinct portraits of a ‘fairy queen’ imply contrary views of human nature and contrary aesthetics. In Spenser’s epic a mystic Gloriana draws noble heroes to realise the twelve virtues, perfecting the soul in Godlikeness. In Shakespeare’s comic stage-play a sensually potent Titania evokes a different fairy realm. Directly experienced, her bodily splendor and witty combative speeches arouse desire not just in the privileged but in rude commoners, who commandeer the play’s most engaging scenes. Instead of vying with Spenser’s elite quests for morality in an intellectual heaven-based allegory, Shakespeare views morality in all social classes, the humbler earthy sort matching the more pretentious. Both are ego-driven yet communally civil. This ironic engagement with Spenser’s ‘supreme fiction’ wondrously expands Shakespeare’s own artistry. Equally polarized are the poets’ views of self-love as a touchstone of human psychology. Like Calvin and Luther, Spenser discredits self-love as shameful, both in monarchs like Lucifera and in louts like Braggadocchio, causing Redcrosse’s wretched fall and Guyon’s helpless faint. In contrast, Shakespeare’s characters, noble and vulgar, show a positive form of self-love if carefully managed, as observed by Aristotle, Aquinas, and Primaudaye.

in Renaissance psychologies