As theatrical practice, how does Neo-Burlesque interact with feminist theories of gender performativity within the context of breasted experience?
(2017) As theatrical practice, how does Neo-Burlesque interact with feminist theories of gender performativity within the context of breasted experience?, no. 62.
Abstract: The study has been generated by a fourth year BA (Hons) Drama and Performance student as the main component of their honors degree at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.. The study can be contextualized within the area of feminist discourse and contributes to the study of gender and performance. The study explores the interplay between theoretical study and theatrical, embodied practice of the performance genre 'Neo-Burlesque' within the context of breasted experience. The study presents a historical context to Burlesque, exploring its development and its interpretation as a feminist practice. The study uses a qualitative methodology using literary analysis, qualitative self-reflection of the researcher and applied observation to existing Neo-Burlesque performance artistes. The study examines in close detail the manner in which the breasts can be interpreted as objects, using Lacanian theory to support the argument. The study utilizes Judith Butler's theory of gender performativity and Toril Moi's exploration of lived body experience as the core theoretical underpinnings of the research. The study concludes that the revelation of the breasts within a Neo-Burlesque context effectively subverts expectations of gender performance and gives a unique perspective on the influences of female experience.