The Normal Heart And The Destiny Of Me

Author: Larry Kramer
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 1555846688
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The Normal Heart, set during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, is the impassioned indictment of a society that allowed the plague to happen, a moving denunciation of the ignorance and fear that helped kill an entire generation. It has been produced and taught all over the world. Its companion play, The Destiny of Me, is the stirring story of an AIDS activist forced to put his life in the hands of the very doctor he has been denouncing.

The Destiny Of Me

Author: Larry Kramer
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 9781854592804
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The Normal Heart, set during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, is the impassioned indictment of a society that allowed the plague to happen, a moving denunciation of the ignorance and fear that helped kill an entire generation. It has been produced and taught all over the world. Its companion play, The Destiny of Me, is the stirring story of an AIDS activist forced to put his life in the hands of the very doctor he has been denouncing.

The Normal Heart

Author: Larry Kramer
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9781854592859
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Kramer's epoch-making polemic about the AIDS crisis: the autobiographical companion piece to The Destiny of Me.Searing and passionate, The Normal Heart follows one man attempting to break through a conspiracy of silence, indifference and hostility and gain recognition for the seriousness of the disease - as his friends die around him.

Mainstream Aids Theatre The Media And Gay Civil Rights

Author: Jacob Juntunen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317376501
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This book demonstrates the political potential of mainstream theatre in the US at the end of the twentieth century, tracing ideological change over time in the reception of US mainstream plays taking HIV/AIDS as their topic from 1985 to 2000. This is the first study to combine the topics of the politics of performance, LGBT theatre, and mainstream theatre’s political potential, a juxtaposition that shows how radical ideas become mainstream, that is, how the dominant ideology changes. Using materialist semiotics and extensive archival research, Juntunen delineates the cultural history of four pivotal productions from that period—Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart (1985), Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (1992), Jonathan Larson’s Rent (1996), and Moises Kaufman’s The Laramie Project (2000). Examining the connection between AIDS, mainstream theatre, and the media reveals key systems at work in ideological change over time during a deadly epidemic whose effects changed the nation forever. Employing media theory alongside nationalism studies and utilizing dozens of reviews for each case study, the volume demonstrates that reviews are valuable evidence of how a production was hailed by society’s ideological gatekeepers. Mixing this new use of reviews alongside textual analysis and material study—such as the theaters’ locations, architectures, merchandise, program notes, and advertising—creates an uncommonly rich description of these productions and their ideological effects. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of theatre, politics, media studies, queer theory, and US history, and to those with an interest in gay civil rights, one of the most successful social movements of the late twentieth century.

Representations Of Hiv And Aids

Author: Gabriele Griffin
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719047114
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What happened to the plague of HIV/AIDS that once seemed so threatening? Gabriele Griffin argues that the explosion of HIV/AIDS into highly visible cultural forms, from movies, theatre, activist interventions, and art from the late-1980s to the mid-1990s has been replaced by a retreat to artisitic invisibility. Griffin suggests that changes in the understanding of HIV/AIDS, the shift from “dying of the disease” to “living with it” in Western cultures, and a failure to grasp the full extent of the growth and impact of HIV/AIDS in a number of African and Asian countries has led to the “death” of the disease in the Western media.

Drama As Rhetoric Rhetoric As Drama

Author: Stanley Vincent Longman
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 9780817308872
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This volume explores the fascinating aesthetic and social connection between drama and rhetoric. Inasmuch as drama seeks to keep an audience engaged, it takes on rhetorical qualities; likewise, rhetorical endeavor may employ dramatic appeal. Centuries ago, Aristotle's companion pieces The Rhetoric and The Poetic generated crosscurrents of critical thought about rhetorical and dramatic theory. Recently, such critic-theorists as Kenneth Burke, Ernest Bormann, Elder Olson, Paul de Man, and others have stirred up these currents afresh. The contributors to this volume take provocative new approaches to enduring issues. ****Contents **** PART I: Rhetorical Dimensions to the Drama: The Classical Context Enthymeme and the Invention of Troping in Greek Drama, August W. Staub Theorizing the Spectacle: A Rhetorical Analysis of Tragic Recognition, Tom Heeney Exile and the Kingdom: Reason as Nightmare in the Aeschylean Vision, John Arthos PART II: The Rhetorical in Renaissance and Neoclassical Drama Epideictic Pastoral: Rhetorical Tensions in the Staging of Torquato Tasso's Aminta, Maria Galli Stampino Shakespeare's Rhetoric versus the Ideology of Ian McKellen's Richard III, George L. Geckle And Now for Application: Venice Preserv'd and the Rhetoric of Textual Application, Odai Johnson PART III: War, Politics, and the Drama Federalist and Republican Theatre in the 1790s, Steve Wilmer Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Rhetoric of Gradualism, Charles Wilbanks Dario Fo's Angry Farce, Stanley Vincent Longman PART IV: Contemporary Culture Stain upon the Silence: Samuel Beckett's Deconstructive Inventions, Leigh Anne Howard Still Angry after All These Years: Performing the Language of HIV and the Marked Body in The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me, Peter Michael Pober

The American People Volume 1

Author: Larry Kramer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374712972
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The long-awaited new novel by America's master playwright and activist—a radical reimagining of our history and our hopes and fears Forty years in the making, The American People embodies Larry Kramer's vision of his beloved and accursed homeland. As the founder of ACT UP and the author of Faggots and The Normal Heart, Kramer has decisively affected American lives and letters. Here, as only he can, he tells the heartbreaking and heroic story of one nation under a plague, contaminated by greed, hate, and disease yet host to transcendent acts of courage and kindness. In this magisterial novel's sweeping first volume, which runs up to the 1950s, we meet prehistoric monkeys who spread a peculiar virus, a Native American shaman whose sexual explorations mutate into occult visions, and early English settlers who live as loving same-sex couples only to fall victim to the forces of bigotry. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton revel in unexpected intimacies, and John Wilkes Booth's motives for assassinating Abraham Lincoln are thoroughly revised. In the twentieth century, the nightmare of history deepens as a religious sect conspires with eugenicists, McCarthyites, and Ivy Leaguers to exterminate homosexuals, and the AIDS virus begins to spread. Against all this, Kramer sets the tender story of a middle-class family outside Washington, D.C., trying to get along in the darkest of times. The American People is a work of ribald satire, prophetic anger, and dazzling imagination. It is an encyclopedic indictment written with outrageous love.

Faggots

Author: Larry Kramer
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 9781555846671
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Larry Kramer's Faggots has been in print since its original publication in 1978 and has become one of the best-selling novels about gay life ever written. The book is a fierce satire of the gay ghetto and a touching story of one man's desperate search for love there, and reading it today is a fascinating look at how much, and how little, has changed.

Women In Love And Other Dramatic Writings

Author: Larry Kramer
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 1555846696
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Larry Kramer has been described by Susan Sontag as "one of America's most valuable troublemakers." As Frank Rich writes in his Foreword to this new collection of writings for the screen and stage, "his plays are almost journalistic in their observation of the fine-grained documentary details of life ... that may well prove timeless." The title work, the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Women in Love, is a movie "as sensuous as anything you've probably ever seen on film" (The New York Times). The screenplay is accompanied by Kramer's reflections on the history of the production, sure to be of interest to any student of film. This volume also includes several early plays, Sissies' Scrapbook, A Minor Dark Age, and the political farce Just Say No, illuminating the development of one of our most important literary figures. "Since his screenplay for Women in Love, Kramer has been a prophet of psychic health and catastrophe among us." -- from The American Academy of Arts and Letters citation