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By David Savran

ISBN-10: 0472068369

ISBN-13: 9780472068364

In attractive, obtainable prose, top theater critic and cultural commentator David Savran explores the intersections among artwork and tradition, providing clever, compelling interpretations of the industrial and social contexts of theatrical texts and practices. Acknowledging theater's marginal prestige in U.S. tradition, A Queer kind of Materialism takes on "the trouble-makers--the ghost, closeted gay, masochist, drag king, 3rd international 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 variety in subject material from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Paula Vogel, from unexpectedly final summer time to Iron John, Savran uncovers the ways in which such troublemakers either problem and make stronger orthodox social practices.
The decisions awarded listed below are via turns pleasing, informative, subtle, and polemical, reflecting the author's twin citizenship as rigorous pupil and interesting theater critic. This e-book additionally presents a version for a type of queer historic materialism that might turn out priceless to a variety of disciplines, together with theater and function, gender and sexuality, queer/gay/lesbian/transgender reviews, American stories, and well known culture.
David Savran is Professor of Theater, the Graduate heart, the town college of latest York, and writer of Cowboys, Communists, and Queers and Taking It Like a Man.

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The former gives a skewed version of society while the latter offers an ostensibly more balanced and healthy assessment. S. 18 Indeed, the gay male playwrights of the 1950s and 1960s achieved their renown (and notoriety) in large part be­ cause of their ability to construct plays that, for most theatergoers at least, were read as all too true fictions. Yet the continued association of the heterosexual with the universal and the homosexual with the particular has been an obstinate mythol­ ogy that was bolstered by the emerging gay commercial theater of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Ripley, from As Good as It Gets to American Beauty-that aspire to the category of art. In 1997, Ellen became the first sitcom to feature a lesbian hero, whil e Ellen DeGeneres's simultaneous coming out provided fodder for count­ less editorials, sermons, and talk shows. Although Ellen was unable to make a go of it, a year later W ill and Grace turned camp into highly suc­ cessful, Emmy-winning, primetime entertainment. d. lang, Melissa Etheridge, and the Indigo Girls amassed devoted fans. The Pet Shop Boys and George Michael managed to retain their niche market.

In Taubman's opin­ ion, crypto-homosexuals produce those malodorous closet dramas that invariably turn a woman into an "unpleasant:' "exaggerated" grotesque and a man "into a ragingly lustful beast or . . " 15 Taubman's and Kauffmann's positions are demonstrably homopho­ bic insofar as they demand that these-implicitly male-homosexual ·� I 65 writers, unlike their heterosexual brethren, are fit to write only of what they "know:' that is, homosexuality. ( According to this essentialist pre­ scription, a male writer should write only about men, an African Amer­ ican writer only about African Americans, etc.

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