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The monster and the corpse: puppetry and the uncanniness of gender performance

Purcell-Gates, L (2018) 'The monster and the corpse: puppetry and the uncanniness of gender performance.' In: Astles, C, Mello, A and Orenstein, C, eds. Women and puppetry. Routledge, Abingdon. (Forthcoming)

Abstract

This chapter examines the uncanniness of the apparently neutral (male) puppet body performing as female. Connecting the construction of neutrality to anxieties surrounding contamination, I link this contamination to the monstrous body of the ambiguously female, overflowing in signification. I suggest that while puppetry is a site for gender bias via the myth of neutrality, it also represents a subversive site with the potential to trouble and reveal such identity constructions, through a productive uncanniness that asks us not just to experience, but to linger within the ambiguity of the monstrous body.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 14:13
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2017 14:13
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/9578
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