Uncloseting Drama American Modernism and Queer Performance Nick Salvato

Yale Studies in English
Publication date:
26 Oct 2010
Yale University Press
240 pages: 235 x 156 x 17mm
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In this elegant book, modernism is illuminated through little-known but striking works by Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and others who revived the “closet drama”—plays written largely for private reading—as a means of exploring forbidden sexualities.

Nick Salvato is assistant professor of theater, Cornell University. He lives in Ithaca, NY.

“A cogent and careful project…This timely work will appeal to a broad readership increasingly interested in relationships between literary and theatre/performance studies. It reveals key and often unexpected connections between major modernist writers, offers illuminating new readings of well known texts, and promotes hitherto less-known works.”—Alan Ackerman, University of Toronto

“Salvato’s queer readings of the closet drama of Pound, Zukofsky, Stein and Barnes provide fascinating and original insights into a whole range of current concerns, among them theatricality and performativity, sexuality, nationhood, and modernism.”—Marvin Carlson, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

"As the best queer analysis does, Salvato presents convincing close readings that will certainly texture future analysis of the writings of all four authors engaged in this study and modernist literary aesthetics more broadly.”—Ramon Rivera-Servera, Northwestern University