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Author Santana, Analola, author

Title Freak performances : dissidence in Latin American theater / Analola Santana
Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (256 pages)
Contents Intro; Contents; Introduction. The Freak Onstage: From Colonialism to Neoliberalism; One. From Monster to Freak: A Latin American Genealogy of Corporeal Difference; Two. Danger Unleashed: The Pathology of Difference as Deviance in the Latin American Neoliberal State; Three. The Savage Exotic: Gender and Class in the Construction of Freakery; Four. Violence and Politics on the Freak: The Perversion of Citizenship; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary "The figure of the freak as perceived by the Western gaze has always been a part of the Latin American imaginary, from the letters that Columbus wrote about his encounters with dog-faced people to Shakespeare's Caliban. The freak acquires greater significance in a globalized, neoliberal world that defines the "abnormal" as one who does not conform mentally, physically, or emotionally and is unable or unwilling to follow the economic and cultural norms of the institutions in power. Freak Performances examines the continuing effects of colonialism on modern Latin American identities, with a particular focus on the way it has constructed the body of the other through performance. Theater questions the representations of these bodies, as it enables the empowerment of the silenced other; the freak as a spectacle of otherness finds in performance an opportunity for re-appropriation by artists resisting the dominant authority. Through an analysis of experimental theater, dance theater, performance art, and gallery-based installation art across eight countries, Analola Santana explores the theoretical issues shaped by the encounters and negotiations between different bodies in the current Latin American landscape"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 02, 2018)
Subject Monsters in the theater.
Other (Philosophy) in the performing arts
Postcolonialism -- Social aspects -- Latin America.
Theater and society -- Latin America.
Theater -- Political aspects -- Latin America.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018028980
ISBN 0472124072 (electronic bk.)
9780472124077 (electronic bk.)