278 pages | 1 B/W Illus.
Closet Drama: History, Theory, Form introduces the emerging field of Closet Drama Studies by featuring twelve original essays from distinguished scholars who offer fresh and illuminating perspectives on closet drama as a genre. Examining an unusual mix of historical narratives, performances, and texts from the Renaissance to the present, this collection unleashes a provocative array of theoretical concerns about the phenomenon of the closet play—a dramatic text written for reading rather than acting.
I. CLOSET DRAMA AND STAGINGS OF HISTORY
CHAPTER ONE:Introduction: "Closet Drama Studies"
CHAPTER TWO: The baroque closet: sovereignty and the "home theater" of Cervantes
CHAPTER THREE: Inverted catharsis in Milton’s Samson Agonistes
CHAPTER FOUR: "Appalling tabernacle of self and unbelief": Wyndham Lewis’s Enemy of the Stars
II. GENDER, SEXUAL POLITICS, AND THE CLOSET
CHAPTER FIVE:Horror and terror, gender and fear inJoanna Baillie’s Orra
CHAPTER SIX: Restoration in the closet: Felicia Hemans’ drama in the Napoleonic aftermath
CHAPTER SEVEN: Michael Field's Stephania: the closet drama as a space for female fortitude and artistic agency
Michelle S. Lee
III. CLOSET DRAMA AND GENRE
CHAPTER EIGHT: "Closeted" discourses in private theatricals: the mystification of genre and audience in Christian Carstairs’ The Hubble-Shue
CHAPTER NINE: Scarred phonation and the act of listening in Byron's Marino Faliero
CHAPTER TEN: "Crazier than a fish with titties": the hybridity of closet drama in R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet
Fredric V. Bogel
IV: FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR CLOSET DRAMA STUDIES
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Closet television, queer Hooperman
CHAPTER TWELVE: Theatrical performance in the margins: imagined theatres on page and stage
Appendix: uncloseting Jonas Barish’s book on closet drama
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