2019 - 22nd Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

More Power, More Love, More Life: Examining Different Ideas of Law in Angels in America

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Isaac J. Winter, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Department or Major

English

Location

Lillard 132

Abstract

Set during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the mid- to late-1980s, Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America examines relationships between characters of highly different religious and political backgrounds. This essay focuses on how these relationships are exploited or solidified by certain types of law: divine, Jewish, humane, and civil. Specifically, these four laws connect to the paths that the two main characters—Roy Cohn and Prior Walter—take during their respective AIDS diagnoses. Cohn’s relationship with Joe Pitt, his law clerk, is primarily examined through Jewish and civil law, while Walter’s relationships with Louis Ironson and the Angel are examined through humane, Jewish, and divine law.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

4-9-2019 10:15 AM

Panel

Narrating America

Panel Moderator

Ben Goluboff

Field of Study for Presentation

English

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More Power, More Love, More Life: Examining Different Ideas of Law in Angels in America

Lillard 132

Set during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the mid- to late-1980s, Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America examines relationships between characters of highly different religious and political backgrounds. This essay focuses on how these relationships are exploited or solidified by certain types of law: divine, Jewish, humane, and civil. Specifically, these four laws connect to the paths that the two main characters—Roy Cohn and Prior Walter—take during their respective AIDS diagnoses. Cohn’s relationship with Joe Pitt, his law clerk, is primarily examined through Jewish and civil law, while Walter’s relationships with Louis Ironson and the Angel are examined through humane, Jewish, and divine law.