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
Tanya Cheadle

text, in conjunction with its 1896 companion essay ‘The moral evolution of sex’, also addressed the subject of sexuality, speaking to the more marginal, predominantly medical discourse of sexology. Emergent in Britain during the 1890s, sexology was concerned broadly with the analysis of sexual behaviour, and more particularly with the taxonomy and terminology of aberrant psycho-sexual identities such as homosexuality, lesbianism, paedophilia, sado-masochism, nymphomania, transvestism and zoophilia.12 In its new, medicalised way of speaking about sexuality, it

in Sexual progressives
Abstract only
Steven Hutchinson

Charles V in his tent during his invasion of La Goletta and Tunis, as Ricardo remembers a story his father told him: ‘they presented to him a Mooress of rare beauty, and when they offered her to him, some rays of the sun shone into the tent and illuminated her hair, that in its golden colour competed with the sun itself – something unique in Mooresses, who always pride themselves for their black hair.’ 37 In her perceptive analysis of cultural transvestism, Barbara Fuchs comments on the ‘porosity between Christianity and Islam in the Eastern Mediterranean’, the

in Frontier narratives
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
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
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
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
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
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