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Introduction: “Half In and Half Out”

Nick Salvato

in Uncloseting Drama: Modernism's Queer Theatres

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300155396
eISBN:
9780300160178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300155396.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This introductory chapter identifies the central feature of closet drama as its undecided—and undecidable—relationship to performance. Like the visionary Saint Therese in Stein's Four Saints in Three ... More


In Session: Forensic Epic 1830–1840

Herbert F. Tucker

in Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse 1790–1910

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232987
eISBN:
9780191716447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232987.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In its 1820–40 efflorescence, the poetic closet drama staked out a space that renewed epic also made its own during the heyday of British national Reform. Literalizing poetic ‘argument’ into debate, ... More


Conclusion: Other Closets, Other Rooms

Nick Salvato

in Uncloseting Drama: Modernism's Queer Theatres

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300155396
eISBN:
9780300160178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300155396.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter presents some reflections about the potential limitations of his work. It explores the possibility that most, if not all, theaters are closets. It pursues and extends the claim made by ... More


‘Above a Theatre and Beyond a Throne’: Cavendish, Philips, and the Potency of Feminized Retreat

Hero Chalmers

in Royalist Women Writers, 1650-1689

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199273270
eISBN:
9780191706356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273270.003.03
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter points out Cavendish and Philips's shared concern with feminized spaces of retreat or interiority, arguing that these participate in the Interregnum royalist impetus to represent the ... More


Writing Against Slavery: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Judie Newman

in Women, Dissent, and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790–1865

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199585489
eISBN:
9780191728969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585489.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter discusses the strategies which Harriet Beecher Stowe mobilized from her religious background in order to further the abolitionist cause. In Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) revivalist and ... More


Horizons of the Masque

Lauren Shohet

in Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter shows that mid‐ and late‐ seventeenth‐century booksellers' catalogues designate public theatrical masques, Interregnum closet pieces, and Restoration operas as “masques.” Masques were ... More


Uncloseting Drama: Modernism's Queer Theatres

Nick Salvato

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300155396
eISBN:
9780300160178
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300155396.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

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 ... More


Backing Barnes

Nick Salvato

in Uncloseting Drama: Modernism's Queer Theatres

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300155396
eISBN:
9780300160178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300155396.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines the work of Djuna Barnes. It argues that honoring the complexity of her literary output means not to speculate without great care about what personal experiences might be at the ... More


Bottoming Zukofsky

Nick Salvato

in Uncloseting Drama: Modernism's Queer Theatres

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300155396
eISBN:
9780300160178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300155396.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter challenges the assertion that Zukofsky's Bottom: On Shakespeare poses marriage as a vessel for containing excesses of subjectivity, desire, and mutability within the bounds of artistic ... More


Fronting Pound

Nick Salvato

in Uncloseting Drama: Modernism's Queer Theatres

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300155396
eISBN:
9780300160178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300155396.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter considers Pound's various “fronts” or personae and conducts a frontal assault on his homophobia. It argues that Pound's most intense identification as a translator associates him with ... More


Recovering a Lost Genre

Patrick Kragelund

in Roman Historical Drama: The Octavia In Antiquity and Beyond

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198718291
eISBN:
9780191787614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718291.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The introduction places the book and its aims in the context of on-going reassessments of Roman Imperial theatre. It outlines the way Romantic bias against Roman tragedy and historical drama, as ... More


Conclusion: On Tragedy in the Nineteenth Century

Jan-Melissa Schramm

in Censorship and the Representation of the Sacred in Nineteenth-Century England

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780198826064
eISBN:
9780191878176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198826064.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter suggests that all the works discussed in this study—both canonical and minor, composed in verse or in prose—ask profound questions about the nature of the tragic mode and its relation to ... More


Milton’s Essay of Dramatic Poesy: Samson Agonistes

Ann Baynes Coiro

in Milton in the Long Restoration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198769774
eISBN:
9780191822605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Samson Agonistes engages with two heated Long Restoration debates: the use of rhymed verse in tragedy and the status of the tragic chorus. Each might seem pedantic now or merely technical, but they ... More


A Study in Repetition and Revival: Jerrold, Tennyson, T. S. Eliot, and the Case of Thomas à Becket

Jan-Melissa Schramm

in Censorship and the Representation of the Sacred in Nineteenth-Century England

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780198826064
eISBN:
9780191878176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198826064.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter offers close readings of a series of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century play-scripts about the murder of Thomas à Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, including works by Douglas ... More


A Praetexta?

Patrick Kragelund

in Roman Historical Drama: The Octavia In Antiquity and Beyond

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198718291
eISBN:
9780191787614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718291.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The chapter argues for strong generic continuity between the Republican and Imperial praetextae and the Octavia, the latter being ‘similar to tragedies’ but still emphatically Roman, be it in its ... More


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