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 characters individual conflicts determine this organization? 6/14/11 Language as power Cohns profanity Priors 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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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course ENGL 284 taught by Professor Wray during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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