Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors
Gender identity in the theater, Marina Carr (1964- ) Low in the Dark, Theater of the absurd
Low in the Dark by Irish playwright Marina Carr is an absurdist play that focuses heavily on concepts of gender as performance. It does so mainly through role-playing scenes in which two same-gender characters reenact a heterosexual relationship. These scenes can be tied to Marie-Laure Ryan’s conceptions of the four kinds of alternative possible worlds (APWs) within possible worlds theory: fantasy, wish, obligation, and knowledge. An analysis of the play’s role-playing scenes in conjunction with Judith Butler’s gender performativity theory and these four types of APW reveals the constructed-ness of gender norms within the work, which further calls into question a strictly policed gender binary both in the world of the text and our own world.
Madsen, Andie, ""It Lurks in the Saying, Not What's Being Said": Possible Worlds Theory and Gender Performativity in Marina Carr's Low in the Dark" (2019). University Honors Theses. Paper 653.