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Clit Notes: A Sapphic Sampler

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Obie Award–winning performance artist and playwright Holly Hughes takes the reader on a personal tour across America with visits to Michigan’s Mystery Spot, the floor of the U.S. Senate, and New York’s WOW Cafe, where notions of theater and femaleness are taken apart and put back together.

An Obie award-winning performance artist and playwright takes readers on a personal tour of controversial arenas across America, where she "scrapes away decades of encrusted ...

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Overview

Obie Award–winning performance artist and playwright Holly Hughes takes the reader on a personal tour across America with visits to Michigan’s Mystery Spot, the floor of the U.S. Senate, and New York’s WOW Cafe, where notions of theater and femaleness are taken apart and put back together.

An Obie award-winning performance artist and playwright takes readers on a personal tour of controversial arenas across America, where she "scrapes away decades of encrusted decorum from a subject female sexuality that is too often treated with a hushed sentimentality" The New York Times.

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Known to most readers as one of the central figures of recent NEA grant controversy, Obie Award winner Holly Hughes has collected her performance texts in this volume. Her early pieces, such as The Well of Horniness, were originally aimed at the small audiences of the WOW Cafe, an experimental lesbian theater that was poorly funded but open to new ideas back in 1983. Witty, sarcastic, and a little bit bitter, the author gave women the opportunity to be silly away from the male gaze. It is doubtful that these plays will appeal to everyone, but they share some creative traits also found in the writings of Alfred Jarry and William Burroughs. Other lesbian writers will probably be more enduring, but few are as popular at the moment. Good for large collections with a strong emphasis on gay/lesbian studies or contemporary art.-Susan Olcott, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802133335
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Well of Horniness 25
The Lady Dick 79
Dress Suits to Hire 111
World without End 151
Clit Notes 181
Conclusion 211
Acknowledgments 213
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