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Title:Staging race: Blackness, performance, and citizenship in Afro-Latin American writers (1940-2000)
Author(s):Suarez Ontaneda, Juan
Director of Research:Meléndez, Mariselle
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Meléndez, Mariselle
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Goldman, Dara; Ledesma, Eduardo; Hertzman, Marc; Solis, Gabriel
Department / Program:Spanish and Portuguese
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Afro-Latin American Writers
Black Performance
Afro-Latin American Public Sphere
Racial Debates in Latin America
Abstract:This dissertation project investigates the body as a medium of racial representation by looking at five Afro-Latin American artists in Brazil, Peru, and Colombia between 1940-2000. In conversation with performance studies and critical race studies, my project analyzes the emergence of an Afro-Latin American public sphere through distinct yet interconnected forms of art and activism. In particular, my study focuses on Abdias do Nascimento’s experimental theater, Nicomedes Santa Cruz’s radio broadcasting, Victoria Santa Cruz’s choreographies, Delia Zapata Olivella’s dance manuals, and Manuel Zapata Olivella’s street theater. In doing so, my research underlines how their respective performances created a vocabulary to enunciate everyday experiences of racism and discrimination in the region. I argue these artists used performances to reinvent discourses on blackness, cultural memory, and the meaning of democracy in multiracial societies.
Issue Date:2020-05-01
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Juan Suarez Ontaneda
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-08-27
Date Deposited:2020-05

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