Theatre of the Borderlands

Theatre of the Borderlands : Conflict, Violence, and Healing

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Theatre of the Borderlands: Conflict, Violence, and Healing is an enlightening and encompassing study that focuses on how dramatists from the Northern Mexico border territories write about theater. The plays analyzed in this study are representative of the most important Northern Border playwrights whose plays' themes present the US-Mexico Borderlands in a socio-historical and political context. The most important themes observed include topics that engage in discussions of: the indigenous, Border crossings, heroes and folk saints, the city of Tijuana, and violence in the Borderlands, to name a few. These themes have led to the birth of the Teatro del Norte movement, a group of determined playwrights insistent on presenting dramaturgical themes that show the bond between their particular geographies, histories, socio-political and economic situations, thereby giving birth to an original voice and new aesthetic of representation. Dealing with the topics already mentioned, and pairing them with more timely ones like immigration reform, namely, this study can serve as an invaluable resource to many interdisciplinary academic settings, and can grant an eye-opening insight to Border relations through several critical readings.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739168665
  • 9780739168660
  • 2,152,678

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This is a book about theater in the context of space, specifically the borderland between Mexico and the US, a contended space once considered by the Spanish empire too remote to control. Now the US and Mexican cultures have converged to become 'Amexica,' a conflicted land with profound scars. In each of this book's five chapters Moreno explores a topic attached to a specific population: indigenous groups identified with tribes that inhabited the area before the Spanish arrived; the border crossers with their religious syncretism, trusting saints, and other holy figures to protect them across the desert; the narcos and their violence; women trapped in the world of the maquiladoras or killed by members of sadistic cults in Ciudad Juarez; and, finally, the world of Tijuana, an evolving 'transfrontier' metropolis. The plays discussed showcase the encounter of these unique subcultures, climatic moments providing a background against which frontier people define their daily struggle to survive. Detailed description of the plays and ancillary sociological and historical information are included, bringing the reader into the plays' thematic complexity. A bibliography points to additional interesting sources. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. CHOICE Theatre of the Borderlands: Conflict, Violence, and Healing is an insightful and largely overdue study on Mexican theater written and mainly produced in the US-Mexico borderlands. This book makes an important contribution to studies on Mexican Theater as well as Border Studies and Performance Studies, and does so with intellectual engagement coupled with perceptive subjectivity on the subject matter ... A must read for anyone interested in understanding the many hardships and violent realities of Mexican migrants whose stories continue to be marginalized by mainstream narratives in both Mexico and the United States. -- Linda Saborio, Northern Illinois University Iani Moreno's seminal study adeptly interweaves theatrical and real-life stories to expose the genuine drama that takes place on the US-Mexican border and the trauma it provokes. Dr. Moreno's well-informed presentation of more than thirty border plays highlights these innovative and engaging theatrical works at the same time that it documents the physical, psychological, and political tragedies of this historically turbulent region. -- Gail A. Bulman, Syracuse Universityshow more

About Iani del Rosario Moreno

Iani Moreno is associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Suffolk University where she also directs university productions of contemporary Latin American plays.show more

Table of contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS EPIGRAPH ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1. Invisible Journeys to the Land of the Free CHAPTER 2. The Indigenous World: A Theatre of Resistance CHAPTER 3. The Desert Voice that Clamors for Popular Saints and Miraculous Souls CHAPTER 4. Narcoteatro: An Aesthetic of Fear CHAPTER 5. The Ciudad Juarez Tragedy: Maquiladora Dreams and City Demons CHAPTER 6. Tijuana: A Journey to Paradox CONCLUSION NOTES INDEX ABOUT THE AUTHORshow more