Performing Inclusion and Disillusion

  • Victoria Lynn Garrett
Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)


This chapter analyzes representation of liberal modernity in Nemesio Trejo’s plays La fiesta de don Marcos, Los óleos del chico, Los inquilinos, and Las mujeres lindas. His complex engagement with different facets of this transitional moment in Argentina vividly illustrates the clash among inclusive imaginaries, a culture of vigilance, and the daily lives of the popular sectors. I argue that the characters’ quotidian experiences reveal that rather than progress and prosperity, liberalism signified the substitution of criollo values with a market-based system that equated wealth with worth. In response, the characters combat draconian structural violence by creating horizontal bonds of solidarity, and they reverse dominant rhetoric by locating the source of harm not in the popular classes but rather in the realm of politics, the formal economy, and the affluent classes. The characters symbolically rectify their marginality by shaping positive identities for themselves, which sparks new ethical and moral discourses.


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  • Victoria Lynn Garrett
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  1. 1.College of CharlestonCharlestonUSA

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