Politics, Love, and Betrayal
"This is the first substantial study of the work of Arthur Laurents, and it was worth waiting for. In this authoritative and engaging book, John Clum draws on an unparalleled fund of knowledge about the musical theatre and the history of LGBT theatre in America to chronicle Laurents's importance as a gay playwright writing about gay issues during the 20th century." - Brenda Murphy, University of Connecticut
A Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Approach
While previous approaches have analyzed the reader’s experience through the lens of phenomenology, this study examines a character’s experience through the lens of hermeneutic-phenomenology, analyzing symbols present in the monk’s consciousness and how they affect his mental path to damnation, as opposed to analyzing the reader’s experience through that same lens. By moving a layer deeper than traditional approaches, this book opens new realms of possibility in literary criticism.
Transitions in Drama and Fiction
This book opens the field of English literature further through the framing of new questions or revising of old ones, as well as to beginning a dialogue, yet again, as to the meanings of these literary works and also to their circulation from their inception up to the present time. In addition, the rare attention given to works by women makes this all the more an important book for collections in English literature of the period.
Literary Innovation and Cultural Change (1926–1936)
"This book is s an exemplary work of literary criticism that re-envisions the canon of Central American literature and is destined to set a new standard for ethical, comprehensive research... it elucidates very effectively the aesthetic divergences of literary works of the Latin American and European avant-garde." — Steven White, St. Lawrence University