“If You Haven’t Made Somebody Angry, You Haven’t Done Something Right:” Larry Kramer’s Outsider Persona

by Gavrila, Rebecca Lynn

Abstract (Summary)
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. 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. In the conclusion of this study I show through recent writings how Kramer’s persona and the public’s response to his words still are relevant today.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:larry kramer persona interdisciplinary gay male fiction drama activism


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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