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  Contributor Biography:  Gillian Rodger 
 
Gillian Rodger, Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, completed her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh with a dissertation entitled "Male Impersonation on the North American Variety and Vaudeville Stage, 1868-1939," which received the 1998 Philip Brett Award for exceptional work in the field of queer musicology. Her current work focuses on American popular music and musical theater from the mid-nineteenth century and on gender representation in contemporary popular music and music videos.

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arts >> Bentley, Gladys

African-American Blues singer Gladys Bentley openly flaunted her lesbianism in the 1920s and 1930s, but recanted in the 1950s in an attempt to salvage her career.

arts >> Hindle, Annie

The first woman to gain significant attention as a male impersonator in the United States, vaudeville performer Annie Hindle created a stir when she married her dresser, Annie Ryan.

arts >> Variety and Vaudeville

Variety and vaudeville and related theatrical forms featured cross-dressed acts, as well as routines that challenged prevailing gender constructions.

   

 

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