The End of Room-Space: Domesticity and the Absent Audience in Wallace Shawn’s The Fever

  title={The End of Room-Space: Domesticity and the Absent Audience in Wallace Shawn’s The Fever},
  author={Jeanmarie Higgins},
  journal={Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism},
  pages={57 - 73}
Much is left unsaid about the identity of the speaker in Wallace Shawn’s 1990 one-character play, The Fever. His name and the name of the cosmopolitan city he inhabits are not given, and neither are the names of the poor countries he describes in the ninety-minute story he tells. Perhaps this is because the only marker of identity that matters—for this speaker and for the audience listening to him—is economic class.1 An upper-middle-class Westerner, The Fever’s speaker recounts one night he… 


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