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Den teatrala vreden: Hiv/aids och gayidentitet i Larry Kramers drama The Normal Heart
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Fashion Studies. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies.
2008 (Swedish)In: Lambda Nordica: Tidskrift för homo/lesbisk/bi/transforskning, ISSN 1100–2573, Vol. 13, no 4, 74-97 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The article offers an analysis of Larry Kramer's drama The normal heart (1985), one of the first written plays dealing with HIV/AIDS. The focus lies on how Kramer treats the question of gay male identity and the narrow understanding of gay politics dominated by white middle-class men. Four thematic areas are discussed: The main character's critique of sexual promiscuity and his demands of sexual abstinence, his encouragement to his friends to come out of the closet, the awareness of gay men's contributions to history and culture, and the rising anger and rage as driving forces for new alliances and broader forms of activism. The article argues that queer theory must be situated in the specific socio-political climate of the 1980s and reminds of the importance of the HIV/AIDS-crisis for shaping a new understanding of sexual identities.

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2008. Vol. 13, no 4, 74-97 p.
Keyword [sv]
Larry Kramer, hiv/aids, manlig homosexualitet, aktivism, queer, maskulinitet
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Performing Art Studies Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17944OAI: diva2:184465
Available from: 2009-01-22 Created: 2009-01-22 Last updated: 2011-11-18Bibliographically approved

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