Migration & Exile Contemp Thea

Migration and Exile in Contemporary Spanish American Theater

This course will examine Spanish American plays from both the 20th-and 21st-centuries that explore the topic of migration in thematic and symbolic terms. We will study the various manifestations of migration—immigration, emigration, exile, and return—as each of them are connected to social, political, economic, psychological, linguistic, and physical realities. The movement of peoples and communities from one continent, country, or region to another has become a frequent occurrence, and playwrights have seen, interpreted, and staged the drama and instability behind this uprooting. The goal is to study Spanish American plays from countries and regions that have experience significant amounts of internal and external migration, as well as countries that have experienced massive emigration. The course will be divided in both regions and topics:
Argentina: Displacement and disappearance; Mexico/U.S. Borderlands; The Caribbean: “Sailing” Away; Pilgrimage and Memory: The Andean Region.

Some of the playwrights to be studied include Roberto Cossa (Argentina); Arístides Vargas (Argentina/Ecuador); René Marqués (Puerto Rico); Sabina Berman (México); Grupo Yuyachkani (Perú); Hugo Salcedo (México), and Jorge Díaz (Chile). (1 unit)

Required texts:
- Rene Marques, La carreta: Drama en tres actos (Editorial Cultural, 1983 or most recent edition) (ISBN-10: 8428306737 ISBN-13: 978-84206737);
- Las fronteras miticas del teatro mexicano (Editor: Stuart Day LATR Books, University of Kansas) (ISBN 978-1-61539-743-3).
Spanish (& Portuguese UG)
Language School
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Equivalent Courses:


Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

SPAN6630A-L14 Lecture (Melendez)

Summer 2013, LS 6 Week Session

SPAN6630A-L13 Lecture (Melendez)