Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of by Sara Warner

By Sara Warner

opposed to queer theory's long-suffering romance with mourning and melancholia and a countrywide schedule that urges homosexuals to give up excitement in the event that they are looking to be taken heavily, Acts of Gaiety seeks to reanimate notions of "gaiety" as a political worth for LGBT activism by means of improving previous mirthful modes of political functionality. The ebook mines the files of lesbian-feminist activism of the 1960s–70s, highlighting the outrageous gaiety—including camp, kitsch, drag, guerrilla theater, zap activities, rallies, manifestos, pageants, and parades along "legitimate theater”-- on the heart of the social and theatrical performances of the period. Juxtaposing figures similar to Valerie Solanas and Jill Johnston with newer performers and activists together with Hothead Paisan, complain and Animal, and the 5 Lesbian Brothers, Sara Warner exhibits how reclaiming this mostly discarded and disavowed earlier elucidates probabilities for being and belonging. Acts of Gaiety explores the collectively informing histories of gayness as politics and as joie de vivre, in addition to the centrality of liveliness to queer functionality and protest.

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