The Queerest Art: Essays on Lesbian and Gay Theater

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Alisa Solomon, Framji Minwalla
NYU Press, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 280 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

The Queer Root of Theater
21
Some Thoughts on Shakespeare Colonialism
40
Performing Lesbian History
55
The Erotics of Friendship in Restoration Theater
106
Notes on the Pioneers of Queer Theater
124
Queer Theater and the Disarticulation of Identity
152
Playing from P S 122 to Peoria
168
Apple Island and the Performance of Community
183
Preaching to the Converted
203
Luis Alfaros Cuerpo Politizado
227
When We Were Warriors
247
An Endnote
261
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Alisa Solomon is 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.