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The Theatrical Roots of The Danish Girl | JSTOR Daily

If British actor Eddie Redmayne receives an Oscar for his portrayal of transgender painter Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, he will be the most recent in a string of cisgender actors lauded for their portrayals of transgender men and women. “Regressive, [r]eductive, and [h]armful” is how Carol Grant, a trans writer, summarizes the film. In a review published on Indiewire, Grant draws our attention to the rising visibility of transgender stories in the media alongside the paradoxical lack of casting of transgender actors and actresses in leading roles. “I think the problem now is equality of opportunity for trans actors to play cis and trans roles, and until the industry evolves to break those barriers down I think the issue will remain,” director Tom Hopper admitted after casting Redmayne.

Questions about who should play whom—and about why it matters to the culture—may seem symptomatic of contemporary identity politics. But a similar conversation has been had before in early modern England, when the theater was a major form of…

Source: The Theatrical Roots of The Danish Girl | JSTOR Daily

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