New PDF release: A queer sort of materialism : recontextualizing American

By David Savran

ISBN-10: 0472068369

ISBN-13: 9780472068364

ISBN-10: 0472098365

ISBN-13: 9780472098361

In attractive, available prose, best theater critic and cultural commentator David Savran explores the intersections among artwork and tradition, delivering 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 kinds. In impeccably researched and argued essays that diversity in material from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Paula Vogel, from unexpectedly final summer season to Iron John, Savran uncovers the ways in which such troublemakers either problem and toughen orthodox social practices.
The decisions provided listed here are through turns enjoyable, 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 historic materialism that may end up helpful to quite a lot of disciplines, together with theater and function, gender and sexuality, queer/gay/lesbian/transgender reviews, American reports, and renowned culture.
David Savran is Professor of Theater, the Graduate heart, town college of latest York, and writer of Cowboys, Communists, and Queers and Taking It Like a Man.

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2 Moreover, as Jill Dolan notes, "the insistent anti-hegemonic pose of'queer' can also be a ruse for not taking responsibility for the va­ . "3 Too often, a self-congratulatory . queer identifi cat10n-the politics of lifestyle-has functioned as a sub­ stit��e for a �ommitment to radical social change. "4 Altho�gh cognizant of its problems, I believe that "queer" remains a provocative way for thinking about the intersection between certain the­ atrical forms and certain sexual subjects. It functions as a useful herme­ neutic for analyzing an American theater in which the boundaries be­ tween the t�aditi�nal and the experimental have become increasingly porous and m whICh ostensibly stable meanings and identities (sexual or .

It testifies to the fact that by the late 1980s, self-identified queer performers had ap­ propriated and expanded the techniques of deconstructionist perform­ ance developed during the previous decade (by the Wooster Group, Richard Foreman, and Mabou Mines, among many others) in order to take possession of a mode of self-presentation that at once asserts and problematizes identities and desires. 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).

4 Altho�gh cognizant of its problems, I believe that "queer" remains a provocative way for thinking about the intersection between certain the­ atrical forms and certain sexual subjects. It functions as a useful herme­ neutic for analyzing an American theater in which the boundaries be­ tween the t�aditi�nal and the experimental have become increasingly porous and m whICh ostensibly stable meanings and identities (sexual or . otherwise) are rout nely displaced by notions of mutability, instability, and polyvalence.

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