Week 12 Prompt (Again)

In The Emperor’s New Clothes, Tailor 1 and Tailor 3 are in an illicit love affair. The dangerous war state of the disco empire made them realize their affection for each other, but in order to not make Tailor 2 feel left out, they keep their love a secret. Tailor 1 actually bullies Tailor 3 in public so that their relationship seems as far away from romantic as possible. Tailor 2 bullies because she is a follower, always trying to impress Tailor 1. Tailor 1 is desperate to cause a revolution so that she and Tailor 3 can live happily ever after.

The tailors are the three musical theater core members of the cast. They are three females who always share the stage and revel in each other’s company. No matter what happens in their world, they are always strong together. Their love is so strong that it doesn’t even need to be explicitly stated. It is assumed that they are always together.

The Narrator is also very in love with the tailors, but she is afraid to express her love for them. She actually cannot stop talking about them, but when they catch her, she blushes and starts stammering. She is a proponent of the revolution because she wants to see the love story between Tailor 1 and Tailor 3 have a happy ending. The Narrator is really invested in this because she believes Tailor 2 will come to her for consolation.

One thought on “Week 12 Prompt (Again)

  1. Hi Ruva,
    This response is somewhat confusing. It would be helpful if you gave a working definition of a lesbian spectator and how you are reading the performance differently than it’s dominant narrative. You make this sound like a lesbian/polyamorous sex farce which wouldn’t be a reading in excess of the norm. The point of lesbian spectatorship is that you take some element of what is created to comply with dominant ideology and look for other elements that are in excess of that (whether it is the music, dancing, exchange of glances, surprising ways that relationships are enacted — and I think the latter is what you are trying to get at here) and show me that the spectator can create a different experience of the show that what it intends on the surface. While I think you may be doing that, you do have to point out how you as a lesbian spectator is making this reading from a work whose point may be different.


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