Memory, Allegory, and Testimony in South American Theater: Upstaging Dictatorship

1st Edition

Ana Elena Puga

Routledge
Published May 3, 2012
Reference - 296 Pages - 30 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415537520 - CAT# Y137424
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

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Summary

Memory, Allegory, and Testimony in South American Theater traces the shaping of a resistant identity in memory, its direct expression in testimony, and its indirect elaboration in two different kinds of allegory. Each chapter focuses on one contemporary playwright (or one collaborative team, in the case of Brazil) from each of four Southern Cone countries and compares the playwrights’ aesthetic strategies for subverting ideologies of dictatorship: Carlos Manuel Varela (memory in Uruguay), Juan Radrigán (testimony in Chile), Augusto Boal and his co-author Gianfrancesco Guarnieri (historical allegory in Brazil), Griselda Gambaro (abstract allegory in Argentina).

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