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Carleton’s Laura Horak Presents Screening and Book Party: Girls Will Be Boys

Carleton University’s Laura Horak, assistant professor in Film Studies and the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, celebrates the publication of her new book Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema with the screening of five short silent films featuring cross-dressed women.

When: Friday April 8, 2016 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Where: SAW Video Media Art Centre, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa
Cost: Free
Note: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided upon request. Wheelchair accessible from 2 Daly Ave. entrance.
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The films will be accompanied with live musical performances by Carleton musicians: Alex Harea, Amieke Walker, Dave Davies, Devon Witol, Jaimie Orser, Jesse Stewart, Joyce Mwandemange, Kelsey Hayes, Marc Vincent, Michael Sheppard, Mike Giambardino, Patrick McIssac and Ramera Abraham.

About the Book

Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn all made lasting impressions with cinematic cross-dressing. What few modern viewers realize, however, is that these seemingly daring performances of the 1930s actually came at the tail end of a long wave of gender-bending films that included more than 400 movies featuring women dressed as men.

Girls Will Be Boys excavates a rich history of gender-bending film roles, enabling readers to appreciate the wide array of masculinities that these actresses performed—from sentimental boyhood to rugged virility to gentlemanly refinement. Taking readers on a guided tour through a treasure-trove of vintage images, Girls Will Be Boys helps readers view the histories of gender, sexuality and film through fresh eyes.

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