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Medico-artistic complicities on Swedish stages: The boys in the band and the regulation of gay male representation in the welfare state
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Homosexuality, ISSN 0091-8369, E-ISSN 1540-3602, Vol. 63, no 5, 633-666 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Seeking to understand the highly unfavorable conditions forthe development of gay male theater in Sweden, this essayengages in a historical study of the national opening of Mart10Crowley’s The Boys in the Band at Malmö City Theatre in 1970.Propelled by a Foucauldian-inspired theoretical approach, itidentifies the subtle, yet highly effective, measures of controlthat the, at the time, social democratic welfare state exercisedover representations of homosexuality on stage. State repre-15sentatives, who complied with the official political and medicaldoctrine that homosexuality was a mental illness and posed apotential threat to social stability, interfered at various levelsof the production, including the rehearsal process and post-performance talks between cast members and audiences. This20alliance between Swedish theaters and members of the med-ical, psychological, and sexological professions constituted amedico-artistic complicity that supervised and regulated earlyattempts of gay representation on stage.

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2016. Vol. 63, no 5, 633-666 p.
Keyword [en]
biopolitics, gay theater, heterosexual representations of homosexuality, Mart Crowley, Swedish welfare state
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Performing Art Studies
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Theatre Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123765DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2015.1111107OAI: diva2:877121
Available from: 2015-12-04 Created: 2015-12-04 Last updated: 2016-08-16Bibliographically approved

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