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Closet Drama
History, Theory, Form




ISBN 9781138092563
Published September 19, 2018 by Routledge
278 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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 in Joanna 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

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Biography

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.