Negotiating Performance: Gender, Sexuality, and Theatricality in Latin/o America / Edition 1

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Overview

In Negotiating Performance, major scholars and practitioners of the theatrical arts consider the diversity of Latin American and U. S. Latino performance: indigenous theater, performance art, living installations, carnival, public demonstrations, and gender acts such as transvestism. By redefining performance to include such events as Mayan and AIDS theater, the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, and Argentinean drag culture, this energetic volume discusses the dynamics of Latino/a identity politics and the sometimes discordant intersection of gender, sexuality, and nationalisms.
The Latin/o America examined here stretches from Patagonia to New York City, bridging the political and geographical divides between U.S. Latinos and Latin Americans. Moving from Nuyorican casitas in the South Bronx, to subversive street performances in Buenos Aires, to border art from San Diego/Tijuana, this volume negotiates the borders that bring Americans together and keep them apart, while at the same time debating the use of the contested term "Latino/a." In the emerging dialogue, contributors reenvision an inclusive "América," a Latin/o America that does not pit nationality against ethnicity—in other words, a shared space, and a home to all Latin/o Americans.
Negotiating Performance opens up the field of Latin/o American theater and performance criticism by looking at performance work by Mayans, women, gays, lesbians, and other marginalized groups. In so doing, this volume will interest a wide audience of students and scholars in feminist and gender studies, theater and performance studies, and Latin American and Latino cultural studies.

Contributors. Judith Bettelheim, Sue-Ellen Case, Juan Flores, Jean Franco, Donald H. Frischmann, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Jorge Huerta, Tiffany Ana López, Jacqueline Lazú, María Teresa Marrero, Cherríe Moraga, Kirsten F. Nigro, Patrick O’Connor, Jorge Salessi, Alberto Sandoval, Cynthia Steele, Diana Taylor, Juan Villegas, Marguerite Waller

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822315155
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,410,839
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Taylor is Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Theater in Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America.

Juan Villegas is Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Irvine. He is the director of Gestos as well as the author of numerous novels and scholarly works in Spanish.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Opening Remarks 1
The Multicultural Paradigm: An Open Letter to the National Arts Community 17
Art in America con Acento 30
Looking for the Magic: Chicanos in the Mainstream 37
Staging AIDS: What's Latinos Got To Do With It? 49
Border Boda or Divorce Fronterizo? 67
Seduced and Abandoned: Chicanas and Lesbians in Representation 88
Public Art, Performance Art, and the Politics of Site 102
"Salvacion Casita": Puerto Rican Performance and Vernacular Architecture in the South Bronx 121
Inventions and Transgressions: A Fractured Narrative on Feminist Theatre in Mexico 137
A Touch of Evil: Jesusa Rodriguez's Subversive Church 159
Ethnicity, Gender, and Power: Carnaval in Santiago de Cuba 176
New Mayan Theatre in Chiapas: Anthropology, Literacy, and Social Drama 213
"A Woman Fell into the River": Negotiating Female Subjects in Contemporary Mayan Theatre 239
For Carnival, Clinic, and Camera: Argentina's Turn-of-the-Century Drag Culture Performs "Woman" 257
Performing Gender: Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo 275
Closing Remarks 306
Bibliography 321
Contributors 345
Index 349
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