Performative Subjecthoods: Lesbian Representations in Split Britches' 'Belle Reprieve'


  • Inmaculada Benítez Olivar University of Cádiz



Split Britches, gender, sexuality, American Theater, lesbianism, Feminism, Lesbian representations, Queer, Heteropatriarchy, Belle Reprieve


Emerging postmodern theories of gender and sexuality frame the terms in which society has understood these concepts in an evolutionary way throughout history. The last century has witnessed the radical changes carried out mainly by feminist and LGTB movements. On the other hand, the theater, a subversive space where it is possible to experiment with different forms of subjecthood and communication, has been the laboratory in which it has been tried to give a plastic form to these new currents of thought. In this sense, the work of Split Britches is remarkable for the innovative ways of bringing the abject to the political forefront. From the lesbian body to drag representation, Belle Reprieve (1991) is developed under the queer premise, to dismantle heteropatriarchal hegemony and the binary gender system.


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Author Biography

Inmaculada Benítez Olivar, University of Cádiz

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How to Cite

Olivar, I. B. “Performative Subjecthoods: Lesbian Representations in Split Britches’ ’Belle Reprieve’”. Revista De Estudios Norteamericanos, vol. 25, Mar. 2021, doi:10.12795/REN.2021.i25.03.



Received 2020-06-28
Accepted 2021-02-14
Published 2021-03-05