Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History

The Drama of Marriage

Gay Playwrights/Straight Unions from Oscar Wilde to the Present

Authors: Clum, J.

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In studying performances of marriage in modern and contemporary British and American drama, Clum highlights the fact that - paradoxically - at a time when theatre was both popular entertainment and high culture, many of the most commercially and artistically successful plays about marriage were written by homosexual men. Beginning with Oscar Wilde and focusing on some of the most successful British and American playwrights of the past century, including Somerset Maugham, Noël Coward, Terence Rattigan, and Emlyn Williams in England and Clyde Fitch, George Kelly, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, and Edward Albee in the US, The Drama of Marriagelooks at how the plays they wrote about heterosexual marriage continue to impact contemporary gay playwrights and the depiction of marriage today.

About the authors

JOHN M. CLUM Professor of Theater Studies and English at Duke University, USA.

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"John M. Clum's The Drama of Marriage: Gay Playwrights/Straight Unions from Oscar Wilde to the Present casts a look at important interconnected issues revolving around the concept of marriage. Unique is the vantage point of playwrights whose own sexual orientation was or is partly or entirely towards men. This not only legitimates but necessitates the strong biographical approach Clum has chosen. The volume is immensely readable, garners important results by way of an incredibly dense tour de force, and animates the reader to delve deeper not only into the works but also the life stories of the playwrights discussed. Primary text and author are always the focus and are honoured in this way...John M. Clum's publications are seminal works in their field, and this latest volume is a gem." - Theater Forschung

"Far-reaching in its historical and dramaturgical scope, and politicizing a previously apolitical aspect of Anglo-American theatre history, Clum's monograph is a helpful intervention into several current discourses. And, given the current divisive debate about same-sex marriage, a debate that is as divided amongst queer citizens as it is anywhere else, Clum's summation that marriage - gay or straight - is always already an 'unattainable ideal' that mere mortals forever fail in, yet find themselves compelled to 'continually strive for,' is intellectually and political brave." - Performing Ethos

'This book offers an appealing companion to Clum's celebrated Acting Gay (1992) and continues to narrate the history of gay theatre. It also will be of interest to those working on gender and the role of women in the twentieth-century theatre.' - Theatre Journal


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Clum, John M.

    Pages 1-16

  • Edward Carpenter and Oscar Wilde: Ideal and Real Marriage

    Clum, John M.

    Pages 17-39

  • Somerset Maugham’s Inconstant Spouses

    Clum, John M.

    Pages 41-67

  • Love or Marriage: Sir Noël Coward and Sir Terence Rattigan

    Clum, John M.

    Pages 69-100

  • Emlyn Williams: Growing into Marriage

    Clum, John M.

    Pages 101-112

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Drama of Marriage
Book Subtitle
Gay Playwrights/Straight Unions from Oscar Wilde to the Present
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
John M. Clum
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01310-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137013101
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-33840-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34139-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 234
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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