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‘ “You’re Only Putting It On”: Dressing Up, Identity and Subversion in Northern Irish Drama.

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Maguire, Tom (2007) ‘ “You’re Only Putting It On”: Dressing Up, Identity and Subversion in Northern Irish Drama. Postcolonial Text , 3 (3). [Journal article]

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This essay explores the ways in which dress is used as a marker of political identity in Northern Ireland. It examines the potential for the use of theatrical costume as a process for disrupting the ideological encodings of dress within wider society by tracing how playwrights have sought to disrupt vestimentary codes in performance. It tests the propositions of particular theoretical and critical approaches to theatrical costume, arguing that rather than destabilising identity, such uses of costume affirm the persistence of identity as an act of affiliation to be expressed through outward appearance.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:drama, costume, Northern Irish Theatre
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:11939
Deposited By:Dr Thomas Maguire
Deposited On:16 Feb 2010 00:12
Last Modified:27 Feb 2014 11:53

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