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Register for the Early Modern Atlantic Workshop event featuring Michael Streif, Austrian BMWFW Fellow

"Between Boys: College Theatricals and Male-Male Relations in the Age of the American Revolution"
March 16, 2017

Friday, March 24, 10:00am

We are pleased to announce that on Friday, March 24 at 10:00am, our BMWFW Fellow, Michael Streif (American studies, University of Salzburg), will present his paper "Between Boys: College Theatricals and Male-Male Relations in the Age of the American Revolution" as part of the Early Modern Atlantic Workshop series.

Streif's paper addresses college dramatic productions in the latter half of the eighteenth century, when, faced with forceful opposition against professional theater, students engaged in clandestine productions of stage plays, thus escaping the rigid control exercised by college authorities. Streir argues that these theatrical endeavors fostered the relations between the participating young men in a time when the notion of masculinity in America was far from being a stable construct. One of the essential questions Streif explores is to what extent there was a “homosexual identity” long before the term “homosexuality” was coined.

Attendees are expected to read the paper in advance and be prepared to discuss at the event. Space is very limited, and registration is required.  We will circulate the paper upon registration confirmation.  If you would like to join the discussion, please register at

Michael Streif is a research fellow, lecturer, and PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies at Salzburg University. He is the 2016/17 BMWFW research fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Austrian Studies. He was awarded the Fulbright Prize for Best Master’s Thesis in American Studies for his work on Marlene Dietrich and the representation of queerness in classical American cinema in 2013. He is currently working on his PhD thesis on queer masculinities and college drama in the age of the American Revolution.