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By David Savran

In attractive, obtainable prose, major theater critic and cultural commentator David Savran explores the intersections among paintings and tradition, supplying 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 global laborer, even the white male as victim"--who determine extra prominently in theater than in different cultural kinds. In impeccably researched and argued essays that variety in material from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Paula Vogel, from without notice final summer time to Iron John, Savran uncovers the ways in which such troublemakers either problem and make stronger orthodox social practices.
The choices provided listed here are by means of turns interesting, informative, subtle, and polemical, reflecting the author's twin citizenship as rigorous pupil and interesting theater critic. This ebook additionally offers a version for a type of queer historic materialism that may end up precious to quite a lot of disciplines, together with theater and function, gender and sexuality, queer/gay/lesbian/transgender experiences, American reports, and renowned culture.
David Savran is Professor of Theater, the Graduate middle, the town collage of latest York, and writer of Cowboys, Communists, and Queers and Taking It Like a Man.

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Yet intriguingly, this counterfeit universalism also guarantees that this queered national identity will have a certain global purchase. For Angels in America and Love! Valour! Compassion! S. 21 In a world increasingly held hostage to an American-style globalized economy, and in a Europe in­ creasingly seduced by la mode americaine, these texts would seem to epitomize a new queer culture whose very American-ness is the proof of its transnational character. While Kushner and McNally win Tony awards, a more avant-gardist mode of performance has been institutionalized in alternative venues.

And so much the Robertsons. :e � The Particular and the Universal quent Since the decline of vaudeville, the rise of the talkie, and the subse lebrow emergence of television, theater has been-and remains-a midd and marginalized form of cultural production in the United States. 11 And while Broadway is thriving, it does so either by reviving what are now regarded as classic p lays and musicals (usually from the 1940s and 1950s) or by mimicking mass culture and transforming cinematic high jinks into stage spectacle, tu rning Footloose and Saturday Night Fever into lucrative Broadway p roperties.

In com­ parison with other arts (especially film), theater is queer in part because of its particular mode of address and its uncanny ability to arouse a spectator's mutable and mutating investments. More provocatively than film, theater challenges the heterosexualizing, Oedipal imperative that (according to the Freudian family romance) would definitively separate identification (with the parent of the same sex) from desire (for the par­ ent of the other sex and, later, a surrogate for that parent).

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