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Angels in America

Angels in America - blending the two • At first Roy Joe...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 6/14/11 Angels in America (1993) Tony Kushner
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6/14/11 Collectivity The play asks us to face AIDS and American identity “collectively.” Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz: “We assemble that we may mourn collectively. . . .” (1.1.8) Where as Fences ended with a funeral to bring the importance of an African American man to light, Angels begins
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6/14/11 Hegemony? Hegemony: Political , economic, ideological, or cultural power exerted by a dominant group over other groups. The “official” voice of the rabbi speaks from a position of spiritual authority and social disillusionment.
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6/14/11 Realism and fantasia Scenes alternate between realistic and fantastic scenarios, sometimes
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Unformatted text preview: blending the two. • At first, Roy, Joe, and Louis are situated in realistic scenes while Harper and Prior are situated in fantastic scenes. • How do the character’s individual conflicts determine this organization? 6/14/11 Language as power • Cohn’s profanity • Prior’s sense of humor • How do these uses of language produce or attempt to produce power? • What about Joe, Harper, and Louis? How does their language relate to power? 6/14/11 Mutual dreams • Joe and Louis meet in a bathroom. • Harper and Prior meet in a mutual dream. • What similarities do each pair share that warrants these meetings? • How does sight work in these realistic and fantastic scenes?...
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