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Not in front of the audience : homosexuality on stage /
Nicholas de Jongh.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1992.
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xiv, 214 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
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0415033624 : 0415033632 (pbk.) :
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1992.
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0415033624 : 0415033632 (pbk.) :
catalogue key
3050220
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-204) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-12:
De Jongh examines society's long-standing hatred and fear of homosexuals and explores how pervasive these attitudes have been and sadly continue to be, even in the contemporary theater. For much of the period he surveys (1925-1985) homosexuals, when not simply ignored, were subjected to total obloquy. As De Jongh shows, in the middle '60s attitudes slowly began to change and the unspeakable gradually became discussable; much of the iconography that had been developed to depict homosexuals as degenerate and effeminate and many of the negative myths and fictions about homosexual desire and homosexuality itself were challenged and in some cases even abandoned. Plays began to appear that sought to create new identities for homosexuals that were free from guilt and despair and that manifested sexual self-confidence and self-assertion. However, with the onslaught of AIDS, heterosexual attitudes toward gays began to harden once again, and the homosexual male was quickly returned to the role of outcast and scapegoat. Along with Kaier Curtin's We Can Always Call Them Bulgarians (CH, Nov'87), which looks at the emergence of lesbians and gay men on the 20th-century American stage, De Jongh's book is valuable as a historical analysis of attitudes toward homosexuality and of their depiction on the London stage. Despite occasional loose ends and some sloppy editing, it is important for its insights, the issues it raises, and its call for a theater of sexual candor that would seek to demystify homosexuality. Readers and libraries at any level. W. M. Tate; Portland State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1992-06-01:
This second recent study of homosexuality on stage is a strong complement to John M. Clum's Acting Gay ( LJ 3/1/92). Both books survey the history of modern male homosexuality in English and American drama. Clum begins his analysis in the mid-19th century, de Jongh in 1925. De Jongh addresses historical, cultural, and theatrical issues, while Clum concentrates a little more on textual analysis. Clum has an American bias, de Jongh a British one. Though both books examine many of the same plays, their slightly different focus makes them fine companions. Both are well researched, documented, and written, though de Jongh is slightly more readable. Given its American perspective, Clum's work has the edge, but not by much. If this issue is important in your library, purchase both.-- Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
From the Playhouse to the Old Baileyp. 1
The Deviant, the Damned and the Dandified: 1925-1939p. 16
The Enemy Within: 1949-1958p. 49
Out of Bondage Towards Being: 1958-1969p. 86
'simply the Thing I Am Shall Make Me Live': 1969-1981p. 140
The Return of the Outcast: 1981-1985p. 175
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 205
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