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Memory, Allegory, and Testimony in South American Theater

Upstaging Dictatorship

By Ana Elena Puga

© 2008 – Routledge

296 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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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).


'Surveying recent productions of the plays in Italy, Argentina, Chile and the US, she persuasively demonstrates how culturally aware theatre practitioners imaginatively avoid folkloric and dehistoricized productions, and instead challenge non-Latin American audiences to think more politically about this region'Theatre Research International

'In addition to the wealth of details that emerge from close reading, the specific performance details that emerge from her individual interviews are especially valuable'Jon D. Rossini, Contemporary Theatre Review

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Chapter One: Carlos Manuel Varela and the Duty to Remember

Chapter Two: Boal and Guarnieri: Historical Allegory and the Duty to Inspire

Chapter Three: Griselda Gambaro: Abstract Allegory and the Duty to Conceal

Chapter Four: Juan Radrigán and the Duty to Tell





About the Author

Ana Elena Puga teachs in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University and recently published an anthology of translations of works by the Chilean playwright Juan Radrigán, Finished from the Start and Other Plays.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American