Staging Desire: Queer Readings of American Theater History

Staging Desire: Queer Readings of American Theater History

by Kimberley Bell Marra
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472067494

ISBN-13: 9780472067497

Pub. Date: 03/13/2002

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


Staging Desire gathers critical and biographical essays on notable stage personalities who made their mark before 1969, when the Stonewall riots accelerated the lesbian and gay rights movement in the United States. How they staged their unconventional sexualities greatly influenced the course of their personal and professional lives, and thus the course of…  See more details below

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Staging Desire gathers critical and biographical essays on notable stage personalities who made their mark before 1969, when the Stonewall riots accelerated the lesbian and gay rights movement in the United States. How they staged their unconventional sexualities greatly influenced the course of their personal and professional lives, and thus the course of American theater history. The book builds on an earlier collection--the well-received Passing Performances, which focused on actors, directors, producers, and agents--by examining playwrights, lyricists, critics, and designers. Shaping theatrical representations from offstage, these practitioners exploited the special opportunities theater offered as a complex and many-layered medium for expression of transgressive desire.

Essays cover the careers of major figures Clyde Fitch, Rachel Crothers, Mercedes de Acosta, Djuna Barnes, Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, George Kelly, William Inge, James "Acorn" Oaks, Adam "Vagabond" Badeau, Eric Bentley, Loie Fuller, Robert Edmond Jones, and Jean Rosenthal. Grounded in research into the history of sexuality, the book engages central problems of terminology and evidence in analyzing sexual practices of the past and the modes of articulation of sexuality in theater, conditioned by American culture's peculiar anxieties about both.

Kim Marra is Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, University of Iowa. Robert A. Schanke is Professor of Theatre, Central College, Iowa. They edited Passing Performances: Queer Readings of Leading Players in American Theater History, a previous volume in this series.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472067497
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
03/13/2002
Series:
Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theater/Drama/Performance Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.94(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Clyde Fitch's Too Wilde Love23
Rachel Crothers: An Exceptional Woman in a Man's World55
Say What You Will about Mercedes de Acosta81
Djuna Barnes: The Most Famous Unknown105
George Kelly, American Playwright: Characters in the Hands of an Angry God126
Let's Do It: The Layered Life of Cole Porter145
Lorenz Hart: This Can't Be Love167
Dorothy's Friend in Kansas: The Gay Inflections of William Inge194
"Appealing to the Passions": Homoerotic Desire and Nineteenth-Century Theater Criticism221
"That's the Kind of Gal I Am": Drag Balls, Lulu Belles, and "Sexual Perversion" in the Harlem Renaissance262
The Gay Man as Thinker: Eric Bentley's Many Closets288
The Electric Fairy: The Woman behind the Apparition of Loie Fuller311
"Not as Other Boys": Robert Edmond Jones and Designs of Desire338
A Lifetime in Light: Jean Rosenthal's Careers, Collaborations, and Commitments to Women365
Notes on the Contributors391
Index395

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