John M. Clum; John Clum Acting Gay

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Acting Gay

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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.

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This first major study of homosexuality in modern plays conducts a whirlwind survey of texts from Marlowe's Edward II to Finn's Falsettoland , centering on modern English and American drama. Clum's theme, role-playing as the natural state of homosexual life, is traced historically from codified closet gay characters through those who suffer and reject gay life, to integration of the self with society in a vision of wholeness for the gay community. While this is clearly a study of texts, Clum applies sociology and history with passion. He is strongest with extended textual analysis, and one wishes for more such analysis here. This is, nonetheless, an important study of drama which ought to change thinking, performance, and teaching. Recommended.
- Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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

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