Hidden messages : representation and resistance in Andean colonial drama /
Raquel Chang-Rodríguez.
Lewisberg [PA] : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1999.
145 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
083875421X (alk. paper)
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Lewisberg [PA] : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1999.
083875421X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Relying on the work of such Latin American drama specialists as Teodoro Meneses and Jose Juan Arrom, Chang-Rodriguez (CUNY) hopes that this study of four Andean plays "will help to awaken critical interest in theater, the most influential genre of the colonial period." Buttressing her central argument with strong historical background, well-chosen illustrations--from Primer nueva coronica y buen gobierno of Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala (fl. 1613), Francisco de Pareja's Doctrina Cristiana muy util y necesaria (1578), and colonial art collections--and an extensive bibliography, the author succeeds more fully in stating the terms of the project than in realizing them. The plays she chooses for analysis offer a rich colonial swirl of baroque ambivalence, indigenous beliefs, Creole pride, and revisionist subversions, and Chang-Rodriguez certainly interests the reader in their possible "hidden messages." But an authoritative statement in the book's penultimate paragraph ("La conquista del Peru . . . shows how the criollo elite manipulated Inca history to discreetly question Spanish supremacy in Peru and insert themselves in real and virtual historical events") makes one wish for such definitive conclusions throughout. Nonetheless, Chang-Rodriguez's blend of history, drama, critical analysis, and reinterpretive possibilities continues the laudable contemporary trend of bringing broader understanding to the whole of Latin American literature. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. B. L. Lewis; Lyon College
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This book offers a study of four works of Peruvian theater: Tragedy of Atahualpa's Death and Usca Paucar, informed by Quechua tradition, and Amar su propia muerte and La conquista del Peru, written in Spanish. It underscores the importance of dramatic literature during the colonial period and advances our understanding of the many ways in which cultural conflict is viewed and performed in a heterogeneous society. Illustrated.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introductionp. 15
Movable Meanings: Evangelization, Literacy and Missionary Theaterp. 21
Historical and Cultural Contentions in Tragedia del fin de Atahualpap. 36
The Interface of Religious and Scenic Arts in the Quechua Play Usca Paucarp. 59
Expanding Baroque Boundaries in Amar su propia muerte by Juan de Espinosa Medranop. 84
Trespassing on Tradition: Francisco del Castillo's La Conquista del Perup. 98
Conclusionp. 117
Notesp. 119
Bibliographyp. 129
Indexp. 141
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