Middlebrow culture in theatre in general and the musical Rent in particular will be discussed as the next Fisher Center lecture at Hobart and William Smith.
March 26, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Author David Savran will examine cultural and sexual tensions inherent in the concept of middlebrow culture in America and why it has been judged so contemptuously by most critics. His talk titled “The Unnatural Intercourse of High and Low: Rent as Middlebrow Blockbuster” will be given at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.
Savran argues that theatre is one of the most distinctive forms of middlebrow and illustrates his argument with an analysis of the marketing of the wildly successful Tony Award-winning musical Rent. A roundtable discussion will also take place at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, in the Fisher Center, Room 212, Demarest Hall.
Savran is professor of theater at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has written extensively on American theatre and culture, sexuality, and the social history of masculinity. Recent publications include Taking it Like a Man; Communists, Cowboys, and Queers; and the edited volume The Masculinity Studies Reader.
The presentation is sponsored by the Colleges' Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men. The Fisher Center brings together faculty, students, and experts in gender-related fields to explore gender and sexuality in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences, in an effort to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society.