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Stri Bhumika: Female Impersonators and Actresses on the Parsi Stage

Kathryn Hansen
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 33, No. 35 (Aug. 29 - Sep. 4, 1998), pp. 2291-2300
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4407133
Page Count: 10
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Stri Bhumika: Female Impersonators and Actresses on the Parsi Stage
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Abstract

The latter half of the 19th century and the early 20th century was a period of transition when the public image of Indian womanhood was being crafted not only through literature and social experiments but also through the commercial media of the Parsi theatre and silent cinema. Gender and racial masquerades commonly found in these a confusion about the demarcation between male and female and between 'white' and 'Indian'. The female image this presented perpetuated patriarchal control not only of the material female body but its visual manifestations.

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