Universität Wien FIND

123250 AR Literature Course - Literature 1/2 (MA) American/North American & Cultural Studies (2020W)

American Gay Plays, 1968 to the Present

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Note on procedure: This is an online class that consists of synchronous and asynchronous elements. The synchronous (i.e. live) elements will take place at the days/time announced above, so if you register for this class, please make sure you’re actually available (in front of your computer) at these days/time. We will use videochat apps (via moodle) so make sure you have a microphone, headphones, and a camera installed at your computer. You also need a stable (broadband) internet connection.

For a more detailed schedule of all our activities, please see moodle once you’re registered at the beginning of the semester.

Dienstag 06.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 13.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 20.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 27.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 03.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 10.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 17.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 24.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 01.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 15.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 12.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 19.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Dienstag 26.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In this class we will explore the genre of American “gay plays” written and performed between the late 1960s and the present day. We will look at a select number of plays and trace how these texts have facilitated and problematized the emergence of a particular sexual identity position (gay male) and its complex relationship to a cultural mainstream structured by heteronormativity, homophobia, (neoliberal) capitalism, and the U.S. nation-state. We will ask how American gay plays (and their performances) have negotiated questions of cultural visibility, assimilation, and the boundary between the public and private spheres. We will also ask how these plays have explored questions of selfhood, community, and relationality, and to what extent they are merely “preaching to the converted.” We will put a particular focus on how American gay plays have contributed to LGBTQ* (and especially AIDS-related) political activism, and we will look at how they have been shaped by the mechanics of a commercial theater industry (mostly on and off Broadway). Lastly, we will critically examine the (often unquestioned) whiteness of most of these plays, and the blind spots they at times exhibit on questions of race, gender, class, age, and dis/ability.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular attendance (max. 2 absences); class participation and minor tasks throughout the semester; playbill handout; portfolio

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Class participation and minor tasks throughout the semester (20%) Playbill handout (20%)
Portfolio (60%)

You need to complete all requirements to complete the course. The overall grading scheme is (1): 100-91%, (2): 90-81%, (3): 80-71%, (4): 70-61%, (5): 60-0%




Will be announced in the first session. Most of the readings will be provided on Moodle; expect to buy one or two books for yourselves, though.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344; MA 844; MA 844(2); MA UF 046/507
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-323-325; MA5, MA6, MA7; MA 3.1, 3.2; M04A
Lehrinhalt: 12-3250

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:16