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Queer Binaries in Kushner's Angels in America Essay

Assignment id 1002397
Discipline Arts Entertainment
Assignment type Essay
Words 3191
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This paper will discuss Tony Kushner's Angels in America - A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, printed in 1992. The drama gives insight to what it meant for a gay American at the late 20th century showing accurate depictions of social, medical, religious, and political existence. The value of this drama can't be overlooked as even a decade after the maximum, the drama was dubbed as "among the most important parts of theater to come out of this late 20th century" (Odenwald). 1 issue remains, is that the play still relevant now? By using a post-structuralist strategy this paper attempts a queer theory deconstruction of the text looking for contradictions as well as the way that it enables the inherent conflictory motif. Thinking about the fact that today's political and social climate is very similar to the one discussed within the play, it is well worth trying to find out if mentioned play is indeed still relevant. In doing so we'll look at problems of illness, novelty, binary systems, and conflict attempting to show how a drama that talks of the queer fails in really being a drama about the queer. At a very distinctive way the play functions on the grounds of the self versus another paradigm. Said paradigm comes to reveal how the world of New York is taking shape at a heteronormative way. If everything has a place, and order, a particular way of functioning then the play would be the villain destroying the context and seeking to recreate something fresh- without any bias and prejudice. The question of border, specifically, societal boundary arises in the necessity to know (beyond the play) the plurality and versatility an actor must have. While societal boundaries have been produced in order to dissuade people from crossing over, or blending sex roles and...

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