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Notes on Vested Interests: Cross-Dressing & Cultural AnxietyPage NumberQuotationSignificance9“cross dressing [is]…a dream of prophecy and power” for women like…Woolf’s Orlando”10…one of the most important aspects of cross-dressing is the way in which it offers a challenge to easy notions of binarity, putting into questions the categories of “female” and “male”, whether they are considered essential or constructed, biological or cultural.”134First, let us look briefly at Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, an upper-class fairy tale à clef, which reports its protagonist’s transformation from a man to a woman as a transsexual procedure “accomplished painlessly and completely” without the necessity of surgical intervention…135…Orlando moves on to a whole new set of costumes and roles; for her, as Gilbert and Gubar point out, “costumes are selves and thus easily, fluidly, interchangeable.” Gender here resides in the imaginary, and the symbolic,

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