Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Lacing skates and unlacing corsets: Gender play and multiple femininities in roller derby and neo-burlesque
by Helweg-Larsen, Jules A., M.A., University of Oregon, 2016, 95; 10248448
Abstract (Summary)

Lacing Skates and Unlacing Corsets: Gender Play and Multiple Femininities in Roller Derby and Neo-Burlesque. Contemporary roller derby and neo-burlesque, as an athletic sport and a framed staged performance respectively, each provide a space that encourages gender play through interactions between participants and audience and the role of physical body. In this thesis, I discuss how each activity allows for a multiplicity of feminine identities and commentary by performers on the social and cultural expectations of women. Drawing on performance theory, ritual theory, and gender studies, along with fieldwork, I explore how this commentary comes from participants simultaneously critiquing and embracing those expectations in their performances through costuming, use of the body, and the presence of an audience who interpret the events.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gilman, Lisa
Commitee: Scher, Phil
School: University of Oregon
Department: Folklore Program
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Folklore, Womens studies, Performing Arts, Gender studies
Keywords: Gender, Multiple femininities, Neo-burlesque, Performance, Roller derby
Publication Number: 10248448
ISBN: 978-1-369-61058-1
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