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‘Citizens of fate’: Blood, disease and the question of mortality in Sadness by William Yang

Journal Article


Abstract


  • William Yang’s performance Sadness challenges essentialised categories of identification

    by juxtaposing tales of his Chinese-Australian family with the journey of friends from his

    community dying of AIDS-related complications and infection. In doing so, Yang foregrounds

    the threat of mortality that attempts to stabilise identity politics for the

    ‘nation’. In the age of global media Yang resists multi-modal approaches to his

    medium to reclaim the theatrical space of narration. As a consequence, Yang’s

    Sadness affords an opportunity to rethink the imperatives intrinsic to the classification

    of social subjects in terms of racial, sexual and reproductive practices, and the relationship

    of the citizen-body to modes of cultural representation.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Hamilton, M. M. "‘Citizens of fate’: Blood, disease and the question of mortality in Sadness by William Yang." Sexualities: studies in culture and society 15 .3-4 (2012): 297-313.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84862736784

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/creartspapers/467

Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 297

End Page


  • 313

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 3-4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • William Yang’s performance Sadness challenges essentialised categories of identification

    by juxtaposing tales of his Chinese-Australian family with the journey of friends from his

    community dying of AIDS-related complications and infection. In doing so, Yang foregrounds

    the threat of mortality that attempts to stabilise identity politics for the

    ‘nation’. In the age of global media Yang resists multi-modal approaches to his

    medium to reclaim the theatrical space of narration. As a consequence, Yang’s

    Sadness affords an opportunity to rethink the imperatives intrinsic to the classification

    of social subjects in terms of racial, sexual and reproductive practices, and the relationship

    of the citizen-body to modes of cultural representation.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Hamilton, M. M. "‘Citizens of fate’: Blood, disease and the question of mortality in Sadness by William Yang." Sexualities: studies in culture and society 15 .3-4 (2012): 297-313.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84862736784

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/creartspapers/467

Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 297

End Page


  • 313

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 3-4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom