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By David Savran

ISBN-10: 0472068369

ISBN-13: 9780472068364

In enticing, available prose, best theater critic and cultural commentator David Savran explores the intersections among artwork and tradition, providing shrewdpermanent, compelling interpretations of the industrial and social contexts of theatrical texts and practices. Acknowledging theater's marginal prestige in U.S. tradition, A Queer type of Materialism takes on "the trouble-makers--the ghost, closeted gay, masochist, drag king, 3rd global laborer, even the white male as victim"--who determine extra prominently in theater than in different cultural varieties. In impeccably researched and argued essays that diversity in material from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Paula Vogel, from by surprise final summer season to Iron John, Savran uncovers the ways in which such troublemakers either problem and strengthen orthodox social practices.
The decisions awarded listed here are by way of turns unique, informative, subtle, and polemical, reflecting the author's twin citizenship as rigorous pupil and fascinating theater critic. This e-book additionally offers a version for a type of queer old materialism that would end up helpful to a variety of disciplines, together with theater and function, gender and sexuality, queer/gay/lesbian/transgender experiences, American reviews, and renowned culture.
David Savran is Professor of Theater, the Graduate middle, the town collage of recent York, and writer of Cowboys, Communists, and Queers and Taking It Like a Man.

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For Hughes is as much concerned with absence, with that which defies representation, as she is with trying to carve out a space for an autonomous, dissident subject (and this tech­ nique clearly distances her work from the affirmative lesbian-feminist project of the 1970s). At the same time, her deconstructionist politics lead her not to look for an escape from an oppressive (in this case, het­ eronormative) culture but to use the contradictions always already at play within heteronormativity to undermine its epistemological priority and privilege.

Words, is constituted in and through its practic It disturbance pro­ ute of a given text or performance than a transient or. It might duced between and among text, actor, director, and spectat to dissident be said to be an effect of knowledge, or lack of it, in relation after sexual desires and identities. And it remains, some thirty years "! " For as Sedgwick emphas leave. self-identified lesbian or gay man can conclusively and definitively One is always in the process of coming out. The association of queerness with theater is by no means novel.

Lesbian playwrights and characters, in contrast, remain almost invis­ ible on Broadway and in regional theaters. Only Paula Vogel and Mar­ garet Edson (whose works have been showcased off-Broadway and awarded Pulitzer Prizes) have managed to have their plays widely per­ formed. Yet Vogel's most successful plays and Edson's Wit are heterosex­ ualized dramas-or at least seem so to the untutored eye. Most lesbian Writers and performers flourish downtown in more modest arenas, where their presence (like that of their gay brethren on Broadway) has become virtually synonymous with a variety of edgy performance that challenges the canons of realism as well as bourgeois social, political , and sexual mores.

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