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Renting a queer space: The commodification of queerness in Jonathan Larson's "Rent"
by Lewis, Helen Deborah, M.A., TUFTS UNIVERSITY, 2007, 87 pages; 1445951



Abstract:
Rent , following its success at the New York Theatre Workshop in the spring of 1996, was known to critics and audiences alike as a revolutionary rock musical, unapologetic in its celebration and open inclusion of themes around AIDS and homosexuality. After the move to Broadway and the show's development into a midtown "mega-hit," however, the Queerness in Rent became commodified, bolstering the show's image as a radical, markedly subversive musical. Rent 's Queerness came to be recognized not for its open and honest depiction of Queer life during the AIDS crisis of late 1980s New York but as a romanticized element of Bohemianism, an impression that assisted the show's radical image and popularity with younger audiences. Queerness served as merely a representation of the show's Bohemianism meant to challenge mainstream musical theatre and symbolize a defiance of the status quo.
The commodification of Queerness in Rent has diminished the show's potential political statement, embodied in Larson's unabashed depiction of Queer life in the East Village of the 1980s. To perpetuate Rent as rebellious and Rent 's main characters as "Other" by choice devalues Larson's original intention, to lovingly present his friends, gay and straight alike, in a humane and empathetic manner. Instead, Rent 's Queer characters read today as fashionably dissonant, hidden from view by the fa?ade of hip Bohemianism that ultimately does not confront middle-class American values but merely perpetuates them in its role as a commodity of Otherness.



Advisor:
Cless, Downing
School:
TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Source:
MAI 46/01, p. , Feb 2008
Source Type:
M.A.
Subjects:
Theater; American literature; Gender
Publication Number:
1445951


The musical Rent by Jonathan Larson has placed emphasis on the AIDS epidemic that is extremely deadly in today's society. Rent allows us to see how a person lives while being infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. This is shown because four of the actors have the AIDS virus.I believe that it was a good thing he did by enlightening America on the plight the starving artists go through. Although not all the artists are infected with the disease they are affected by the situations because of either friendships or relationships. This has been both positive and negative because of the opinions regarding
the Aids virus, many are anger because it makes it seem as though it is the gay disease.

http://www.mnsu.edu/cmst/ctam/ctamj/ctamj2009.pdf#page=23
http://www.capital.edu/23775.pdf
http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc2600/
The musical Rent by Jonathan Larson has placed emphasis on the AIDS epidemic that is extremely deadly in today's society. Rent allows us to see how a person lives while being infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. This is shown because four of the actors have the AIDS virus.I believe that it was a good thing he did by enlightening America on the plight the starving artists go through. Although not all the artists are infected with the disease they are affected by the situations because of either friendships or relationships. This has been both positive and negative because of the opinions regarding
the Aids virus, many are anger because it makes it seem as though it is the gay disease.
http://www.mnsu.edu/cmst/ctam/ctamj/ctamj2009.pdf#page=23
http://www.capital.edu/23775.pdf
http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc2600/



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