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Sex, Class, and the Theatrical Archive

Erotic Economies


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

About this book


In Sex, Class and the Theatrical Archive: Erotic Economies, Alan Sikes explores the intersection of struggles over sex and class identities in politicized performances during key revolutionary moments in modern European history.  The book includes discussions of sodomitical closet dramas from the decades surrounding the English Glorious Revolution of 1688; the performances of 'Tribades and Amazons', public women of the French Revolution; the 'homophilic elitism' in the early plays of Brecht and Hasenclever from the years just before and after the German Revolution that marked the founding of the short-lived Weimar Republic; and the utopian conception of a Soviet 'New Woman' set to take the stage after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Throughout, Sikes invokes the differences between past and present politicized performances in order to cast our own political imaginings into sharper and more critical relief.



Sex Sexuality Class European History Bourgeoisie Restoration Nell Gwynn French Revolution Monarchy Weimar Republic Brecht Expressionism Russian revolution Soviet plays

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of TheatreLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

About the authors

Alan Sikes is Associate Professor of Theatre Studies at Louisiana State University, USA. He is the author of Representation and Identity from Versailles to the Present: The Performing Subject (2007).


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sex, Class, and the Theatrical Archive
  • Book Subtitle Erotic Economies
  • Authors Alan Sikes
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-23115-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-23118-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-23116-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 251
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theatre History
    Performing Arts
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