Sex, Gender, and Sexualities in Edward Albee's Plays


Sex, Gender, and Sexualities in the Plays of Edward Albee contains a general introduction and eleven essays by American and European Albee scholars on Albee’s depictions of gender relations, sexual relations, monogamy, child-rearing, and homosexuality. The volume includes close readings of individual plays and more general theoretical and historical discussions.

Contributors: Henry Albright, Mary Ann Barfield, Araceli Gonzalez Crespan, Andrew Darr, John M. Clum, Paul Grant, Emeline Jouve, T. Ross Leasure, David Marcia, Cormac O’Brien, Donald Pease, Valentine Vasak

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Biographical Note

John M. Clum is Professor Emeritus of Theater Studies and English at Duke University. His nine books include Acting Gay: Male Homosexuality in Modern Drama, Something for the Boys: Musical Theater and Gay Culture and, most recently, Terrence McNally and American Gay Drama, 1965-2015. He is also a playwright and opera librettist.

Cormac O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Anglo-Irish Drama at University College Dublin, is a specialist in modern and contemporary Irish drama and in Medical Humanities. He has published widely on masculinities and queer sexualities in Irish theatre, as well as on HIV and AIDS in Irish culture and performance. He is the author of Masculinities and Manhood in Contemporary Irish Drama: Acting the Man (2018).

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors Editors’ IntroductionJohn M. Clum and Cormac O’Brien 1 Dismembering/Remembering: Dramatizing the Family in The American DreamEmeline Jouve 2 The Gay Geography of New York City in The Zoo StoryT. Ross Leasure 3 Revisiting the Zoo: Time and Gender in Edward Albee’s At Home at the ZooAndrew Darr 4 “The Aims of Spirit”: Performing Marriage in Albee’s PlaysDavid Marcia 5 Collateral Damage: Raising and Destroying [Gay?] Sons in Albee’s PlaysJohn M. Clum 6 A Body of One’s Own: Martha’s Performative Physicality in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Mary Ann Barfield 7 The Uncrossable Line: Reading Martha as Transgender in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Henry Albright 8 The Tragic (Male) Hero in the Wake of the New Millennium: Upturning Gender and Sexuality in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?Araceli González Crespán 9 “Do you want it?” The Commodification of Sexuality in the Late Plays of Edward AlbeeValentine Vasak 10 Malcolm, Sexual Politics, Edward Albee’s AdaptationsDonald E. Pease 11 “A wet run, so to speak”: Sexuality in Edward Albee’s LolitaPaul Benedict Grant Bibliography Index


Anyone interested in modern American drama and the plays of Edward Albee including but not limited to scholars, graduate students and advanced undergraduates in American literature, theatre studies or gender studies.