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Closet Drama

History, Theory, Form, 1st Edition

Edited by Catherine Burroughs

Routledge

278 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

I. CLOSET DRAMA AND STAGINGS OF HISTORY

CHAPTER ONE:Introduction: "Closet Drama Studies"

Catherine Burroughs

CHAPTER TWO: The baroque closet: sovereignty and the "home theater" of Cervantes

Philip Lorenz

CHAPTER THREE: Inverted catharsis in Milton’s 
Samson Agonistes

Brendan Prawzdik

CHAPTER FOUR: "Appalling tabernacle of self and unbelief": Wyndham Lewis’s Enemy of the Stars

Allan Pero

II. GENDER, SEXUAL POLITICS, AND THE CLOSET

CHAPTER FIVE:Horror and terror, gender and fear inJoanna Baillie’s Orra

Lilla Crisafulli

CHAPTER SIX: Restoration in the closet: Felicia Hemans’ drama in the Napoleonic aftermath

Diego Saglia

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

Gioia Angeletti

CHAPTER NINE: Scarred phonation and the act of listening in Byron's Marino Faliero

Elizabeth Effinger

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

Nick Salvato

CHAPTER TWELVE: Theatrical performance in the margins: imagined theatres on page and stage

Daniel Sack

Appendix: uncloseting Jonas Barish’s book on closet drama

Catherine Burroughs

About the Editor

Catherine Burroughs is Professor of English at Wells College and Visiting Professor of English and the Performing Arts and Media Studies Department at Cornell University. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, she is also a novelist.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering theatre and performance alongside topics such as religion, politics, gender, race, ecology, and the avant-garde, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRA000000
DRAMA / General
DRA003000
DRAMA / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
DRA004040
DRAMA / European / Spanish & Portuguese
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism