Cross-dressing writers in Theresa Rebeck’s “Seminar”

by | Nov 21, 2011 | Blog, Improve your writing, Memoir | 0 comments

I’m excited that my first guest post on the terrific Brevity blog is now online. It’s a riff on a satirical attack on memoir-writing in the new play Seminar by Theresa Rebeck, which I recently saw in preview. The remarkable Alan Rickman (who I have adored ever since Truly Madly Deeply) plays Leonard, a formidable writing instructor. Although the play celebrates a firmly Romantic view of the writer, it’s worth the price of admission for the wonderful acting and sharp dialogue.

Part of the play’s action turns on a memoir by a former boy soldier turned cross-dressing writer. My post at Brevity asks: Can some memoirs be considered a form of literary transvestism?

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