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Straight White Male: Performance Art Monologues
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Publisher Univ Pr of Mississippi
Publication date July 12, 2010
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781604738841
ISBN-10 1604738847
Original list price $25.00
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Mass media images of the male are central to popular culture. This book analyzes a genre known as "performance art monologues" as presented by white heterosexual men. Its focus is stand-up comedians and stage and screen artists, including Spald-ing Gray, Eric Bogosian, Josh Kornbluth, Rob Becker, Andrew Dice Clay, Wallace Shawn, and Danny Hoch, whose acts portray and investigate power, politics, privilege, and community.

Solo work has become the dominant form in performance art, and stand-up comedy has returned to the front row of popular culture. While apparently free of many traditional theatrical trappings, the monologue amplifies the power that performers wield over their audiences.

The chief examples examined here are Gray and Bogosian. Gray's minimalist autobiographical storytelling is quite different from Bogosian's impersonation of dozens of fictional characters in a single show. Their performances (and the books, recordings, and feature films that re-market them) have marked these two as the leading practitioners of their own subgenres of monologic performance art.

This fascinating examination connects performance studies with the monologue traditions in theatre history, with such contemporary cultural activities as the men's movement, and with the current interest in queer theory and gender studies.

Acknowledging the complex politics of all performance, whether avant-garde or popular, this first book-length critique of heterosexuality, masculinity, and whiteness in solo performance asserts that straight white male monologues create an illusion of community rather than engaging with the politics of identity as a social fact.

Michael Peterson is a professor in the department of theatre and dance at Millikin University.

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from Univ Pr of Mississippi (July 12, 2010)
9781604738841 | details & prices | List price $25.00
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from Univ Pr of Mississippi (August 1, 1997)
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