Race Sex and Gender in Contemporary Women's Theatre

The Construction of 'Woman'

By Mary F. Brewer

Focusing on dramatic works by contemporary British and American playwrights, in conjunction with feminist political and theoretical texts, this book discusses feminist constructions of the category of woman. It traces the ways in which mainstream fiminist representations of gender are complicit with dominant racial and heterosexual ideologies. The plays addressed generate valuable insights as to how interpretations of Woman structure the political field and determin the standards used for interpreting Woman-as-Wife/Mother, Woman at Work, and Woman as Object and Subject. A conclusion details where women of difference should locate themselves for resistance and how feminist might go about establishing a progressive feminist politics and a women's movement that is able to accommodate differences of race, class, and sexuality.


272 pages

Publication Date: 11/10/1999
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781902210186

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