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Title: What it means to prefer roses : 'lesbian-inflected narratives' in post-2005 Toronto theatre productions
Author: Dossetto, Fiorenza
ISNI:       0000 0004 5362 5135
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis introduces the concept of 'lesbian-inflected narratives' to investigate recent Toronto-based theatre productions articulated around female same-sex desires and relationships. Analysing Wild Dogs (2008), Bear with Me (2009), A Beautiful View (2009), My Mother 's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (2009), SPIN (20 11), and More Fine Girls (2011), I demonstrate the importance of contemporary lesbian-inflected narratives as indicators of recent shifts in the cultural, social, and political landscape of Canada. Since the cultural impact of a theatrical work is most productively evaluated in the contexts of its production and reception, my in-depth readings of play scripts and stage performances are paired with larger examinations of how their characters and storylines are circulated, received, and preserved in Toronto. This thesis applies a queer perspective to materialist semiotics, making a unique contribution to the study of Toronto-based theatre and enriching the fields of Canadian theatre, performance, and queer studies. By bringing together mostly unpublished plays, it also acquires considerable documentaty value, giving further textual visibility to scripts that would have disappeared from circulation after their stage productions closed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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