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Very Good. A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Tony Kushner's complex and demanding play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes has been the most talked about, analyzed, and celebrate d play of the decade. The critic Harold Bloom has included Kushner's play i n his "Western canon" alongside Shakespeare and the Bible, and drama schola r John M. Clum has termed it "a turning point in the history of gay drama, the history of American drama, and of American literary culture." While we might be somewhat wary of the instant canonization that such critical asses sments confer, clearly Kushner's play is an important work, honored by the Pulitzer Prize, thought worthy of recognition on "purely aesthetic" grounds at the same time that it has been embraced--and occasionally rejected--for its politics. Kushner's play explicitly positions itself in the current American conflict over identity politics, yet also situates that debate in a broader histori cal context: the American history of McCarthyism, of immigration and the "m elting pot, " of westward expansion, and of racist exploitation. Furthermore, the play enters into the politically volatile struggles of the AIDS crisi s, struggles themselves interconnected with the politics of sexuality, gend er, race, and class. The original essays in Approaching the Millennium explore the complexities of the play and situate it in its particular, conflicted historical moment. The contributors help us understand and appreciate the play as a literary work, as theatrical text, as popular cultura.
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