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Gay/Queer Performance Strategy: In Case of McNally, Kushner, and Wright

  • Journal of Modern English Drama
  • Abbr : JMBARD
  • 2009, 22(1), pp.139-169
  • Publisher : 한국현대영미드라마학회
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature > Contemporary English Drama

JUN, JOON-TAEK 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

Jill Dolan broke new ground in extending the feminist analysis of representation to the theater, offering a provocative critical study that challenges our assumptions about the structure of representation. In a similar vein this study extends the gay/queer analysis of representation to representative American gay drama—Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Tony Kushner's Angels in America, and Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife. In doing so this study defines gay/queer drama analysing the importance of multi-role playing strategy. A gay drama, Teeth Apart is similar to bourgeois feminist drama in its presentation of “a slice of life” realism perpetuating degrading and static homosexual/heterosexual stereotypes. Like materialist feminist approach Kushner’s Angels in America is Brechtian but a spectrum of gender becomes available only to male characters. Wright’s I Am My Own Wife is a queer drama about the role playing and ephemeral nature of truth reminding cultural feminist Megan Terry’s transformation method. Wright’s male transvestite homosexual hero finally deconstructs sexuality binary emphasizing genderqueer.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.