Approaching the millennium: essays on Angels in America

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Deborah R. Geis, Steven F. Kruger
University of Michigan Press, 1997 - Drama - 306 pages
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Tony Kushner's complex and demanding play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes has been the most talked about, analyzed, and celebrated play of the decade. It explicitly positions itself in the current American conflict over identity politics, yet also situates that debate in a broader historical context: the American history of McCarthyism, of immigration and the "melting pot", of westward expansion, and of racist exploitation. Furthermore, the play enters into the politically volatile struggles of the AIDS crisis, struggles themselves interconnected with the politics of sexuality, gender, race, and class.The original essays in Approaching the Millennium explore the complexities of the play and situate it in its particular, conflicted historical moment. The contributors help us understand and appreciate the play as a literary work, as theatrical text, as popular cultural phenomenon, and as political reflection and intervention.

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Seldom has a new work of dramatic literature been discussed by scholars as widely and quickly as Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Angels in America. One scholar termed it "a ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Geis is Associate Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York, where she specializes in modern/contemporary drama and women's studies, and is also a member of the Ph.D. faculty in Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Kruger has taught medieval and queer studies at Queens College (CUNY), the Graduate School and University Center (CUNY), and the University of Alberta.