The Leper in Blue: Coercive Performance and the Contemporary Latin American Theater

The Leper in Blue: Coercive Performance and the Contemporary Latin American Theater

by Amalia Gladhart
     
 
Drawing upon contemporary theoretical debates surrounding performance, gender, and Latin American studies, The Leper in Blue examines representations of performance within dramatic texts. The book treats the work of playwrights such as Vincente Le§ero, Sabina Berman, Mariela Romero, Griselda Gambaro, Maruxa Vilalta, and Rosario Castellanos, who depict the

Overview

Drawing upon contemporary theoretical debates surrounding performance, gender, and Latin American studies, The Leper in Blue examines representations of performance within dramatic texts. The book treats the work of playwrights such as Vincente Le§ero, Sabina Berman, Mariela Romero, Griselda Gambaro, Maruxa Vilalta, and Rosario Castellanos, who depict the freedom of performance within a framework of compulsion.

Individual chapters focus on the transformation of historical narratives, ritual game playing, the performance of gender, the staging of torture, and, finally, nonperformance—the representation of coercive performances that are at once demanded and denied. The plays examined not only raise important questions about the nature of performance but also shed light on many of the crucial sociopolitical issues of twentieth-century Latin America, among them economic instability, political repression, state violence, and dictatorship.

About the Author:
Amalia Gladhart is assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807892701
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press, The
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Series:
North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.79(d)

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