Ramón H. Rivera-Servera

in Latino Studies

ISBN: 9780199913701
Published online March 2013 | | DOI:

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Latina and Latino theater studies as a scholarly endeavor emerges from a variety of disciplinary queries—in literary studies, anthropology, ethnic studies, performance studies, and theater studies, among others—into the theatrical practices of Latino communities in the United States. The range of activity covered under this rubric includes indigenous and Afro-diasporic aesthetics (including ritual and secular performance); Spanish colonial literary and performance traditions (including religious and secular theater); the influences of Latin American national cultural developments in the performing arts; engagements with and participation in performing arts communities within the United States; and an overall awareness of a theatrical heritage and continued tradition worldwide. That is, Latino theater is both local and specific in its definition and global and far reaching in its practice. Nonetheless, the field of Latino theater studies has focused most specifically on the theater produced by and for Latino communities. This bibliography includes some key sources on the history and development of Latino theater in the United States but focuses more prominently on Latino theater in the 20th and 21st centuries. It pays attention primarily to theater produced after 1965, a time when theater movements consciously assumed a relationship to Latino group identity, culture, and politics that resulted in the development of an artistic and scholarly legacy that continues to influence Latino theater practice in the present.

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Subjects: History of the Americas ; US Cultural History

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