From Gender Binary to Diversity: The Image of the Prophet in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America as a Stimulus to Discuss Gender Issues in Catholic Theology


A theatrical play Angels in America. A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by an American playwright Tony Kushner was broadcast in 60 countries and 2500 cinemas around the world at the National Theatre Live Edition in 2017. The main character, Prior Walter, who suffers from AIDS, is a young New Yorker and a gay. The aim of this paper is to present and discuss the original, non-canonical and non-traditional image of Walter as a prophet. Thus, the goal is to analyze the similarities and differences between the Biblical image of a prophet and the prophet from Angels in America. The author of the paper will attempt to determine what values these differences imply and whether they could offer a creative opportunity for theologians and other scholars dealing with cultural, theological, and social themes. The basic research hypothesis presupposes that the play is an inspiring way to learn about the theological questions of people in the second half of the 20th and at the beginning of the 21st century.

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Agnieszka Laddach, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland

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Conference: KAMC2020
Stream: Gender

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