Review: Lesa Lockford (2004). Performing Femininity: Rewriting Gender Identity

  • Mary Gergen Penn State University
Keywords: auto-ethnography, feminism, performance studies, abjection, embodiment, identity

Abstract

Performing Femininity is composed of a series of performances presented by the author to a varied audience, from customers at a strip club in New Orleans to a university class, in which a feminist history "Spin the Bottle" game was an integral part. Challenging the dominant discourse of feminist theorists, LOCKFORD looks for strength and liberatory possibilities in what appear to be forms of abjection. Traditional topics of embodiment are rediscovered in this provocative book. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0602130

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Author Biography

Mary Gergen, Penn State University
Mary GERGEN (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/beirat/gergen-mary-e.htm) is a professor of Psychology and of Women's Studies, Penn State University, Delaware County. She is also a performance scholar and writer, whose piece, "Post-modern Mama" is aligned in spirit with the work of LOCKFORD. In previous issues of FQS Mary GERGEN reviewed "Incarceration Nation: Investigative Prison Poems of Hope and Terror"(http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/2-05/05-2-14-e.htm) (HARTNETT, 2003), "Standing Ovation: Performing Social Science Research about Cancer" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-03/3-03review-gergen-e.htm) (GRAY & SINDING, 2002) and "The Qualitative Inquiry Reader" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/4-02/4-02review-gergen-e.htm) (ed. by DENZIN & LINCOLN, 2002).
Published
2006-03-31
How to Cite
Gergen, M. (2006). Review: Lesa Lockford (2004). Performing Femininity: Rewriting Gender Identity. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-7.2.98