In this book Adam Versényi explores the history of Latin American Theatre from pre-Columbian days to contemporary drama. Theatre in Latin America has historically been a powerful force for social change and has frequently combined religious and political concerns with performance practice to create a style of drama unique to the region. In this fascinating account, Versényi investigates this special interconnection of religion, politics and theatre, and finds this relationship present from the earliest contacts between Cortés and the Aztecs through Spanish-influenced theatre to the politically charged contemporary drama of Cuba, Argentina, Chile and elsewhere. The volume offers a detailed understanding of how theatrical, political and theological elements have consistently intertwined in Latin American history and why that has been the case. All quotations are translated into English and the book contains an appendix of playwrights. It will be of interest to scholars and students of theatre history, Latin American and Spanish studies and theology.
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- Date Published: April 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521106344
- length: 244 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.36kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Religion, politics and theatre: Cortés greets the Twelve Franciscans
2. Church, colonialism, and theatre in Latin America
3. Homegrown Empire: the contradictions of an emerging region
4. Religion, politics and theatre: the twentieth century and the return of ritual
5. Liberation theology and liberation theatre: the convergence of parallel lines
Latin American playwrights
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