Closet Drama: History, Theory, Form introduces the emerging field of Closet Drama Studies by featuring twelve original essays from distinguished scholars who offer fresh and illuminating perspectives on closet drama as a genre. Examining an unusual mix of historical narratives, performances, and texts from the Renaissance to the present, this collection unleashes a provocative array of theoretical concerns about the phenomenon of the closet play—a dramatic text written for reading rather than acting.

part Part I|2 pages

Closet drama and stagings of history

chapter 1|29 pages


3“Closet Drama Studies”
ByCatherine Burroughs

chapter 2|28 pages

The baroque closet

Sovereignty and the “home theatre” of Cervantes
ByPhilip Lorenz

chapter 3|23 pages

Inverted catharsis in Milton’s Samson Agonistes

ByBrendan Prawdzik

chapter 4|12 pages

“Appalling tabernacle of self and unbelief”

Wyndham Lewis’s Enemy of the Stars
ByAllan Pero

part Part II|2 pages

Gender, sexual politics, and the closet

chapter 5|15 pages

Horror and terror, gender and fear in Joanna Baillie’s Orra

ByLilla Maria Crisafulli

chapter 6|15 pages

Restoration in the closet

Felicia Hemans’s drama in the Napoleonic aftermath
ByDiego Saglia

chapter 7|12 pages

Michael Field’s Stephania

The closet drama as a space for female fortitude and artistic agency
ByMichelle S. Lee

part Part III|2 pages

Closet drama and genre

chapter 8|12 pages

“Closeted” discourses in private theatricals

141The mystification of genre and audience in Christian Carstairs’ The Hubble-Shue
ByGioia Angeletti

chapter 9|20 pages

Scarred phonation and the act of listening in Byron’s Marino Faliero

ByElizabeth Effinger

chapter 10|28 pages

“Crazier than a fish with titties”

The hybridity of closet drama in R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet
ByFredric V. Bogel

part Part IV|2 pages

Future directions for Closet Drama Studies

chapter 11|14 pages

Closet television, queer Hooperman

ByNick Salvato

chapter 12|8 pages

Theatrical performance in the margins

Imagined theatres on page and stage
ByDaniel Sack

chapter |21 pages


Uncloseting Jonas Barish’s book on closet drama
ByCatherine Burroughs