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    DescriptionFrom the dramatization of local legends to the staging of plays by Shakespeare and other canonical playwrights to the exploration of contemporary socio political problems and their effects on women and children, Mayan theater is a flourishing cultural institution in southern Mexico. Part of a larger movement to define Mayan self-identity and reclaim a Mayan cultural heritage, theater in Mayan languages has both reflected on and contributed to a growing awareness of Mayans as contemporary cultural and political players in Mexico and on the world's stage.In this book, Tamara Underiner draws on fieldwork with theater groups in Chiapas, Tabasco, and Yucatan to observe the Maya peoples in the process of defining themselves through theatrical performance. She looks at the activities of four theater groups or networks, focusing on their operating strategies and on close analyses of selected dramatic texts. She shows that while each group works under the rubric of Mayan or indigenous theater, their works are also in constant dialog, confrontation, and collaboration with the wider, non-Mayan world. Her observations thus reveal not only how theater is an agent of cultural self-definition and community-building but also how theater negotiates complex relations among indigenous communities in Mayan Mexico, state governments, and non-Mayan artists and researchers.

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    Contemporary Theatre in Mayan Mexico
    Death-defying Acts
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tamara L. Underiner
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 203
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 307 g
    ISBN 13: 9780292702509
    ISBN 10: 0292702507

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC subject category V2: AN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.8
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL9
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLCM
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 84
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25880
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 595
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    Ingram Subject Code: PA
    Libri: I-PA
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEXICN
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 50
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, PER011020
    DC22: 792.09725, 792/.09725
    LC classification: PN2315.C46 U53 2004
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    LC classification: 2003018258
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    Illustrations note
    21 b&w illustrations, 1 map
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    15 July 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    "This is an exciting, highly original contribution to both Mayan studies and Mexican theatre studies. Each of the bodies of work examined is fascinating, extremely timely, and almost unstudied by scholars." Cynthia Steele, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Washington
    Table of contents
    Prologue: Incidents of Theatre in Chiapas, Tabasco, and Yucatan; Introduction; 1. Indigenous Bodies, Contested Texts; 2. "Mas que una noticia ... ": Mayan Theatre in Chiapas; 3. Transculturation in the Work of Laboratorio de Teatro Campesino e Indigena; 4. Theatre and Community on the Yucatan Peninsula; Epilogue: Routes and Returns