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Doctor of Philosophy
Dr. Steve Feffer
Dr. Jonathan Bush
Dr. Cynthia Klekar
Ghost, lesbian, gay, drama, theater, paranormal
Playwrights have been using ghost and spirit-characters in stage works since the classical era. From their beginnings as speechless, vengeful catalysts and informational narrators, the ghost-character has evolved to something that would not be recognizable to Greek playwrights. This is no more evident than in the works of contemporary gay and lesbian dramatists. Examining the selected works of playwrights Claudia Allen, Larry Kramer and Victor Bumbalo will illuminate the use of ghosts and the paranormal by these playwrights as a way to overcome personal trauma by either creating closure with autobiographical scenes or by using the absence of these characters as metaphorical ghosting. Through interviews with licensed drama therapists, we will also examine the use of the paranormal as a therapeutic tool.
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Zorn, George William, "Writing the Wrongs: How Gay and Lesbian Playwrights Use the Paranormal in Autobiographical Writing" (2013). Dissertations. 228.