Boys at gender-play inside the muscular Christian ideal

McDonald, Janet (2007) Boys at gender-play inside the muscular Christian ideal. Thymos: journal of boyhood studies, 1 (1). pp. 84-94. ISSN 1931-9045

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[Abstract]: In elite boys' schools there is a level of anxiety about the perceived place of the curricular subject drama and how it might interact or interfere with the ironclad essentialist and homogenous masculinity promoted by elite all-boys' schools. The feminization of the drama and the suspicion of males who 'do drama' create a duplicitous tension for boys who take the subject as they walk the gendered tightrope between the expected public display of the 'muscular Christian' and the tantalizing 'drama faggot'. This paper offers some reflections about observations on and interviews with boys who 'do drama' inside the male-only worlds of the Great Public School (GPS) of Brisbane, Australia. In these schools I observed masculinities were constantly disrupted (perhaps uniquely) in the drama classroom and explored by male drama teachers who provided a space in which to playfully interrogate the 'muscular Christian ideal' of a boys' school.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Theatre
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2009 04:42
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011 05:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: drama, elite boys' schools, colonial masculinity, performativity, masculinized, feminized, school curricula, muscular Christian
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)

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