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This book questions the reliance on melodrama and spectacle in social performances and cultural productions by and about migrants from Mexico and Central America to the United States. Focusing on archetypal characters with nineteenth-century roots that recur in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries – heroic saviors, saintly mothers and struggling fathers, martyred children and rebellious youth – it shows how theater practitioners, filmmakers, visual artists, advocates, activists, journalists, and others who want to help migrants often create migrant melodramas, performances that depict their heroes as virtuous victims at the mercy of evil villains.
In order to gain respect for the human rights that are supposedly already theirs on paper and participate in a global market that trades in performances of suffering, migrants themselves sometimes accept the roles into which they are cast, or even cast themselves. Some express their suffering publicly, often on demand. Others find ways to twist, parody, resist, or reject migrant melodrama.
Ana Elena Puga is an Associate Professor at the Departments of Theatre and Spanish & Portuguese at The Ohio State University. A scholar, translator, and dramaturge, she is the author of Allegory, Memory, and Testimony: Upstaging Dictatorship (Routledge 2008) and Finished from the Start and Other Plays by Juan Radrigan (Northwestern University Press 2008).
Víctor M. Espinosa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at The Ohio State University. A sociologist specializing in transnational migration and art, he is the author of El dilema del retorno (El Colegio de Michoacán 1999) and Martín Ramírez: Framing His Life and Art (University of Texas Press 2015).
Trade Rights Political economy Melodrama Race Martyr Catholic church HBO Spectacle Tragedy Activism Cultural production Social performance
- Book Title Performances of Suffering in Latin American Migration
- Book Subtitle Heroes, Martyrs and Saints
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-37409-9
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
- eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-37408-2
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-37411-2
- eBook ISBN 978-3-030-37409-9
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XV, 372
- Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
Global/International Theatre and Performance
National/Regional Theatre and Performance
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