Center and Periphery : Mormons and American Culture in Tony Kushner's Angels in America
Austin, Michael,Decker, Mark T.
Peculiar Portrayals : Mormons on the Page, Stage, and Screen
Utah State University Press
"Literature and film have long provided ample evidence of mainstream America's conflicting and conflicted perceptions of and feelings about Mormons and their beliefs, and Tony Kushner's Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is a case in point....Within this acclaimed exploration of AIDS, queer identity, and conservative politics of the Reagan era, Kushner portrays three Mormon characters whose struggles with their sexual identity, love, politics, and religion are central to his larger vision....Kushner uses his play and the status it has granted him as a public intellectual to reflect, refract, criticize, and even grieve over Mormons and their place in the epic of American history as he sees it. In so doing, his play offers startling insights into the dark and difficult place of Mormonism in the American imagination." [From author's introduction]