6 Episode 3 Place not mentioned. Escape during violent storm, still fighting though persed for long distance
“One of the more perplexing and mysterious characters in In The Realms of the Unreal is the transgender figure. There’s been a lot of speculation about why Darger would create a transgender figure in his war story. It’s likely he was trying to embody masculine powers of warring into his children. In other words, in a male-dominated, gender-specific culture such America pre-WWII, it’s likely he somehow intuitively understood that in order for these kids to win the war, which they did, they would have to have that male authority and power to do so.”
About This Work
Watercolor, pencil, and carbon tracing on pieced paper (24 x 74 3/4″). American Folk Art Museum, gift of Nathan and Kiyoko Lerner 1995.23.1 a & b. © Kiyoko Lerner. Photo: Gavin Ashworth.
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