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Author Ventura, Janice Marie, author.
Title Drag queens, mascara, and family... oh, my! : challenging heteronormativity in the musical La cage aux follies / by Janice Marie Ventura.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2011.

 Electronic Book  PN1657 .Z95 2011 V46eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (ix, 96 pages)
Content Type text
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Thesis M.A. California State University, Northridge 2011.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 90-96).
Summary Whether the characters portrayed in musical theater are fictional or non-fictional, they reflect how human beings interact and react to one another within a societal milieu. What then, does this say about us as people and the society we live in? A musical that yields a fascinating response to these questions is the 1983 musical, La Cage aux Folles. Through textual analysis, this thesis demonstrates how the characters in La Cage reflect a number of issues revolving around societal discrimination and forced separatism against individuals identifying as queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual or any individual identifying outside the guise of normative standards). The prejudice experienced by these characters is inflicted solely on the basis of their sexual preference and identification with queer culture. This thesis demonstrates how La Cage reflects the consciousness of queer characters as queer human beings in a society dominated by heterosexual hegemony. The theoretical framework utilized in this thesis derives from Queer theory, Feminist theory, and Feminist theater. It is through this framework that the following postulations about La Cage have been formulated and proven: first, La Cage is a musical production in which its script is characterized by consciousness of queer characters as queer human beings; second, La Cage contains scripted performances that demonstrate sexual differences among characters despite biological sex and thus undermines the dominative thought that heteronormativity is the sole power in society; and, lastly, La Cage challenges the recognition of heteronormativity. The combined analysis of these postulations proves that La Cage is a musical with political purpose, containing an activist viewpoint that acts as a call for societal evaluation. Ultimately, the musical points out a series of dismal truths in society that were prevalent in the 1980s, and as exemplified, are still identifiable in the present.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on December 13, 2011).
Subject Herman, Jerry, 1931- Cage aux folles -- Criticism and interpretation.
Musicals -- History and criticism.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Theatre.
OCLC number 849936161