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Acting Gay : Male Homosexuality in Modern Drama - John M. Clum

Acting Gay

Male Homosexuality in Modern Drama

Hardcover

Published: 21st July 1992
For Ages: 22+ years old
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"Acting Gay" is a series of close readings of the central works of gay male drama written by American and English playwrights. The plays discussed reflect transformations of gay men in 20th-century British and American societies. Part 1 concerns the presentation of the physical aspects of homosexuality, from nudity to drag to AIDS, and their relationship to the norms of the society the audience represents. The second section surveys dramas written between 1930 and 1968 that paradoxically opened a space for homosexual characters while maintaining the closet. The third part of the text focuses on dramas written in the past three decades in which homosexuality is directly presented, reflecting gay history, gay culture and contemporary gay life.

"Traces the evolution of gay themes in drama from the subtexts of the early twentieth century to the flung-open closet doors." -- "The Washington Post" "Traces the evolution of gay themes in drama from the subtexts of the early twentieth century to the flung-open closet doors." -- The Washington Post "Traces the evolution of gay themes in drama from the subtexts of the early twentieth century to the flung-open closet doors." -- "The Washington Post"

ISBN: 9780231075107
ISBN-10: 0231075103
Series: BETWEEN MEN--BETWEEN WOMEN
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 393
Published: 21st July 1992
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.6