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Week 8 – for class on 11/8

If you are interested in the history of how a show like Angels in America came together then I encourage you to take a look at this oral history.

Please watch some or all of the two plays from the National Theatre at Home (info in the email you received.)

Please read one of the following articles:

  1. Savran, David. “Ambivalence, Utopia, and a Queer Sort of Materialism: How ‘Angels in America’ Reconstructs the Nation.” Theatre Journal 47, no. 2 (1995): 207–27. https://doi.org/10.2307/3208484. Savran’s essay is one of the most widely cited about Angels in America and offers a reading of the play in terms of its diversity, historicity and Mormonism.
  2. Omer-Sherman, Ranen. “Jewish/Queer: Thresholds of Vulnerable Identities in Tony Kushner’s ‘Angels in America.’” Shofar 25, no. 4 (2007): 78–98. http://www.jstor.org/stable/42944416 Omer-Sherman looks at the realtionship between Judaism and Queerness as presented in the play and argues that the play cannot be isolated from Jewish understandings of the stranger.
  3. Howard, Jean “Tony Kushner’s Angel Archive and the Re-visioning of American History”: Howard argues that one way to understand Angels in America’s deep engagement with history is through the angel archive the play creates and the new configuration of knowledge produced through it.
  4. Aronson, Arnold. “Desigining for Angels in America” in Looking into the Abyss : Essays on Scenography. Michigan: University of Michigan Press, c2005, 2005. Aronson looks at the way the play has been and can be designed.

As you read, please annotate the following:

  • What is the overall argument of the article or chapter?
  • What question or questions do you think the author might have asked to start their research that led to this argument?
  • What are three pieces of evidence that the author uses to support that article?
  • Choose three paragraphs and try to write a very brief few words about what each paragraph is about.
  • 2 places where the author is responding to something that someone else has said about the play and/or topic.

Please come to class with this either marked up on the article itself or as separate answers so that we can collectively look at what each of you picked out of the articles and talk about how they work in terms of making your own arguments in writing.

Which article did you choose:

Which article are you using?

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