Jones, Chris, 1963-
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Theatre Arts
Heterosexism--New York (State)--New York||Theater critics--New York (State)--New York||Stereotype (Psychology) in mass media||Theaters--New York (State)--New York||Homosexuality--Drama||Gays in popular culture--New York (State)--New York
This thesis is an examination of gay stereotypes in New York theatrical reviews. Tracing the use of stereotypes, as defined by John Clum in his book Acting Gav. such reviews reflect a larger heterosexual response to homosexuality. Beginning with 1933's The Green Bay Tree, this thesis traces works up through 1993, including Tony Kushner's Angels in America. What this thesis attempts to show is that despite the fact that bias against gays is less and less acceptable, critics continue to reinforce certain gay stereotypes, or myths, in their writing. The examination of these works traces the shifts in mainstream reaction to gay drama and its perception of homosexuality.
Schroeder, Dennis C., "Heterosexist discourse and the critics : gay stereotypes in New York theatre reviews" (1994). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 3366.
v, 101 pages
Northern Illinois University
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