The Queerest Art: Essays on Lesbian and Gay Theater / Edition 1

The Queerest Art: Essays on Lesbian and Gay Theater / Edition 1

by Alisa Solomon
     
 

ISBN-10: 081479811X

ISBN-13: 9780814798119

Pub. Date: 07/01/2002

Publisher: New York University Press

From Shakespeare's gender-bending play -Twelfth Night- to the the critically-acclaimed Broadway hit -Angels in America-, from 17th century kabuki theater of Japan-performed by cross-dressing prostitutes-to the NEA-denounced performance art of Holly Hughes, theater has long been-as co-editor Alisa Solomon terms it-the queerest art.

The Queerest Art is a pioneering

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From Shakespeare's gender-bending play -Twelfth Night- to the the critically-acclaimed Broadway hit -Angels in America-, from 17th century kabuki theater of Japan-performed by cross-dressing prostitutes-to the NEA-denounced performance art of Holly Hughes, theater has long been-as co-editor Alisa Solomon terms it-the queerest art.

The Queerest Art is a pioneering collection of essays by and conversations among a diverse range of leading theater academics and artists. The first anthology to bring scholars and makers of queer theater into direct dialogue, the volume explores such subjects as same-sex desire in Restoration comedy, the racialized impact of colonial Shakespeare, the cuerpo politizado of a performance artist in contemporary Los Angeles, and the nitty-gritty of getting a queer show presented in Peoria. The Queerest Art rereads the history of performance as a celebration and critique of dissident sexualities, exploring the politics of pleasure and the pleasure of politics that drive the theater.

Lively and accessible, The Queerest Art will be useful to scholars, students, artists, and theater-goers alike interested in what makes queer theater . . . and what makes theater queer.

Contributors include: Jill Dolan, Brian Freeman, Randy Gener, George E. Haggerty, Holly Hughes, Ania Loomba, Tim Miller, José Esteban Muñoz, Deb Parks-Satterfield, Lola Pashalinski, Everett Quinton, David Román, David Savran, Laurence Senelick, Don Shewey, Carmelita Tropicana, Valerie Traub, Paula Vogel, Doric Wilson, and Stacy Wolf.

Author Biography: Alisa Solomon is a Professor of English/Journalism at Baruch College-City University of New York, and of English and Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she also serves as executive director for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. Framji Minwalla is Assistant Professor of Drama at Dartmouth College. He is currently working on a book about the pedagogy of theater history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814798119
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Series:
Sexual Cultures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Building a Theatrical Vernacular: Responsibility, Community, Ambivalence, and Queer Theater1
1Great Sparkles of Lust: Homophobia and the Antitheatrical Tradition9
2The Queer Root of Theater21
3"Porno-Tropics": Some Thoughts on Shakespeare, Colonialism, and Sexuality40
4Setting the Stage behind the Seen: Performing Lesbian History55
5"The Man I Love": The Erotics of Friendship in Restoration Theater106
6"Be True to Yearning": Notes on the Pioneers of Queer Theater124
7From the Invisible to the Ridiculous: The Emergence of an Out Theater Aesthetic135
8Queer Theater and the Disarticulation of Identity152
9Out across America: Playing from P.S. 122 to Peoria168
10"Being" a Lesbian: Apple Island and the Performance of Community183
11"Preaching to the Converted"203
12Queer Theater, Queer Theory: Luis Alfaro's Cuerpo Politizado227
13When We Were Warriors247
14The Kids Stay in the Picture, or, Toward a New Queer Theater254
15Goodnight Irene: An Endnote261
Contributors267
Index273

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