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Uncloseting DramaModernism's Queer Theatres$
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Nick Salvato

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300155396

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300155396.001.0001

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Introduction: “Half In and Half Out”

Introduction: “Half In and Half Out”

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(p.1) Introduction: “Half In and Half Out”
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Uncloseting Drama
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Nick Salvato

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300155396.003.0001

This introductory chapter identifies the central feature of closet drama as its undecided—and undecidable—relationship to performance. Like the visionary Saint Therese in Stein's Four Saints in Three Acts, “half in and half out of doors,” closet drama is always half on and half off the stage; it also opens a window onto energies that refuse containment by any single performative iteration. The chapter then discusses the queer potential of closet drama, and argues that modernist closet drama remained closeted until the end of the twentieth century because the conditions of the theater had not yet caught up to the drama's vision.

Keywords:   modernist closet drama, plays, performance, queer potential

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