Staging Words, Performing Worlds: Intertextuality and Nation in Contemporary Latin American Theater

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Bucknell University Press, 2007 - 276 páginas
Staging Words presents new perspectives on Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela and their theater, by postulating that nation can be imagined and reconstructed through the deliberate performance of intertexts. The book shows how past artistic texts - other plays, stories, newspaper articles, songs, or paintings - can be manipulated and translated to create a new theatrical script, and that this new script can expose an innovative space for interpreting the nation. The introduction reviews theories of intertextuality, nation, and nationalism and applies them to Latin America. Each chapter studies two to three plays and shows how the intertexts open up hidden connections and border spaces within texts and between texts that the new writer and reader fill with significance, replacing the meaning of the pretext with their own. This new textual voice permits texts to be restaged, reconfigured, and imagined in a way that is purely Latin American.
 

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Unraveling National Threads Redirecting Mexicos Master Scripts
39
Metatheater Performance and Myth
41
Maruxa Vilaltas En blanco y negro Ignacio y los jesuitas
71
Traders or Traitors? Twisted Images and Venezuelas Deception
95
César Rengifos Un fausto anda por la avenida
96
Néstor Caballeros Con una pequeña ayuda de mis amigos
107
Texts without Exit Rewriting Argentinas Labyrinth
122
Point of View and the Becoming of Pavlovskys Porotos
123
Cuba Myth and Transnational Revisions of Nation
194
José Corrales and Manuel Pereirass Las hetairas habaneras
196
Raúl de Cárdenass Un hombre al amanecer
208
Pedro Monges Otra historia
224
Performance and National Myths
233
Notes
240
References
260
Index
269

I II III
153

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Página 30 - ... regardless of the actual inequality and exploitation that may prevail in each, the nation is always conceived as a deep, horizontal comradeship.
Página 30 - A nation is a living soul, a spiritual principle. Two things which in truth are but one, constitute this soul, this spiritual principle. One is in the past, the other in the present.
Página 30 - Ultimately it is this fraternity that makes it possible, over the past two centuries, for so many millions of people, not so much to kill, as willingly to die for such limited imaginings.
Página 18 - At any given time, in any given place, there will be a set of conditions — social, historical, meteorological, physiological — that will insure that a word uttered in that place and at that time will have a meaning different than it would have under any other conditions...
Página 30 - A nation is a soul, a spiritual principle. Two things, which in truth are but one, constitute this soul or spiritual principle. One lies in the past, one in the present. One is the possession in common of a rich legacy of memories; the other is present-day consent, the desire to live together, the will to perpetuate the value of the heritage that one has received in an undivided form.

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Gail A. Bulman is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Syracuse University.

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