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Sos Eltis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691357.001.0001

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Acts of Desire

Sos Eltis

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This concluding chapter sketches the impressive endurance of the ‘fallen woman’ plots traced in this book through the later twentieth century and into the twenty-first. The plots and tropes used in the nineteenth century to debate and warn against transgressive female sexuality were redeployed in the twentieth century in early plays engaging with homosexuality. Familiar Victorian anti-feminist dramatic plots were brought back to life in early homophobic plays, and then challenged and subverted once more by playwrights seeking to challenge the judgemental sexual morality which underpinned them. The pathetic and tragic death of the sexually transgressive woman was replayed and adapted in theatrical responses to the horrific depredations of AIDS. The theatrical heritage of the fallen woman and her most famous embodiment, Marguerite Gautier, the lady of the camellias, remains visible in contemporary theatre and film

Keywords:   gay theatre, aids, camille, cinema, plot, transgressive, desire, fallen, censorship

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