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"If you haven't made somebody angry, you haven't done something right" Larry Kramer's outsider persona /

by Gavrila, Rebecca Lynn.

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i Dr. Jane Barnette , Advisor This study offers an exploration of Larry Kramer’s outsider persona, and how that persona affected both his writings as well as public perception of the author. My argument utilizes specific texts that provide insight into various facets of Kramer’s persona, both public and private. A critical analysis of Faggots, several activist texts from the Reagan administration, and The Normal Heart provide the case studies from which I analyze Kramer’s persona(s). This thesis analyzes these works and is informed by deconstructive terms, particularly those of Paul de Man and Jacques Derrida. In addition, Philip Auslander’s notion of persona provides the definition of a term that is continually explored in each of the three chapters. The outcome of this text is not whether Kramer has an outsider persona, but how that persona developed and became a permanent feature of his writings and public appearance. Kramer’s persona changed drastically in just a few years, usually in response to cultural events affecting him directly or though his community. In the conclusion of this study, I do not merely restate my argument but show, through recent writings, how Kramer’s persona and the public’s response to his words still are relevant today. ii For Mom and Dad I Love You Both As Meat Loves Salt
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School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:kramer larry gay men s writings american outsiders in literature persona psychoanalysis authors united states

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