Contains records describing books, book chapters, articles, and conference papers published in the field of Latin American studies. Coverage includes relevant books as well as over 800 social science and 550 humanities journals and volumes of conference proceedings. Most records include abstracts with evaluations.
The eight plays in Argentine Jewish Theatre examine the dilemmas that Jewish immigrants from the Eastern European shtetls faced as they left their traditional values and adopted a foreign culture. The playwrights' main concern was to relate intimate experiences dealing with generational conflicts - problems of ethnic identity, intermarriage, integration, and assimilation. The works selected for this anthology evoke the clashes between natives and immigrants and the nostalgia for a world left behind. It was not until the turn of the century that the Jew began to appear as a central character in Argentine drama, part of an ethnic minority. Certain motifs in the plays remain constant: loneliness, alienation and foreignness, the haunting reappearance of ghosts from the past, the need to reject and at the same time embrace their culture while engaging in the process of acculturation and assimilation.
The second volume of the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre covers the Americas, from Canada to Argentina, including the United States. Entries on twenty-six countries are preceded by specialist introductions on Theatre in Post-Colonial Latin America, Theatres of North America, Puppet Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Music Theatre and Dance Theatre. The essays follow the series format, allowing for cross-referring across subjects, both within the volume and between volumes. Each country entry is written by specialists in the particular country and the volume has its own teams of regional editors, overseen by the main editorial team based at the University of York in Canada headed by Don Rubin. Each entry covers all aspects of theatre genres, practitioners, writers, critics and styles, with bibliographies, over 200 black & white photographs and a substantial index. This is a unique volume in its own right; in conjunction with the other volumes in this series it forms a reference resource of unparalleled value.
Taylor (Spanish and comparative literature, Dartmouth College) draws on five Latin American plays written 1965-70 to illustrate how theatre both reflects and shapes political and economic events and movements. Of interest to students of either theatre or Latin America. All nations are translated. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR