Acts of Gaiety LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure

ISBN-10: 0472035673

ISBN-13: 9780472035670

Edition: 2013

Authors: Sara Warner

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"Acts of Gaiety" explores the mirthful modes of political performance by LGBT artists, activists, and collectives that have inspired and sustained deadly serious struggles for revolutionary change. The book explores antics such as camp, kitsch, drag, guerrilla theater, zap actions, rallies, manifestos, pageants, and parades alongside more familiar forms of "legitimate theater." Against queer theory's long-suffering romance with mourning and melancholia and a national agenda that urges homosexuals to renounce pleasure if they want to be taken seriously by mainstream society, "Acts of Gaiety" seeks to reanimate notions of "gaiety" as a political value for LGBT activism.The book mines the archives of lesbian-feminist activism of the 1960s-70s, highlighting the outrageous gaiety that lay at the center of the social and theatrical performances of the era and uncovering original documents long thought to be lost. Juxtaposing historical figures such as Valerie Solanas and Jill Johnston with more recent performers and activists (including Hothead Paisan, Bitch & Animal, and the Five Lesbian Brothers), Warner shows how reclaiming this largely discarded and disavowed past elucidates possibilities for being and belonging. "Acts of Gaiety" explores the mutually informing histories of gayness as politics and as "joie de vivre," along with the centrality of liveliness to queer performance and protest.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 6/10/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
"Scummy" Acts: Valerie Solanas's Theater of the Ludicrous
Guerrilla Acts: Marriage Protests, 1969 and 2009
Expatriate Acts: Jill Johnston's Joker Citizenship
Terrorist Acts: The Maladapted Hothead Paisan, a Lesbian Comedy of Terrors
Unnatural Acts: The Tragic Consequences of Homoliberalism in the Five Lesbian Brothers' Oedipus at Palm Springs
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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