246 pp., 6 x 9, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9270-1
Published: January 2000
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Individual chapters focus on the transformation of historical narratives, ritual game playing, the performance of gender, the staging of torture, and, finally, nonperformance--the representation of coercive performances that are at once demanded and denied. The plays examined not only raise important questions about the nature of performance but also shed light on many of the crucial sociopolitical issues of twentieth-century Latin America, among them economic instability, political repression, state violence, and dictatorship.