Uncloseting Drama American Modernism and Queer Performance Nick Salvato

Yale Studies in English
Publication date:
05 Nov 2010
240 pages: 234 x 156 x 18mm

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In this elegant book, modernism is illuminated through little-known but striking works by Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and others who revived the "closet drama"--plays written largely for private reading--as a means of exploring forbidden sexualities.

Nick Salvato is assistant professor of theatre, Cornell University.

"Salvato's queer readings of the closet drama of Pound, Zukofsky, Stein and Barnes provide fascinating and original insights into a whole range of current concerns, among them theatricality and performativity, sexuality, nationhood, and modernism."--Marvin Carlson, The Graduate Center, City University of New York--Marvin Carlson