Spanish 447: Modern Latin American Theater
Vengeful Antigones and Visiting Fish
This course offers a survey of trends in 20th-century Spanish American drama and the use of a theatrical discourse composed of performance, gesture, and oral delivery to respond to political and social concerns and propose alternatives for the way forward. Topics studied: Aristotelian theater in the context of the Argentina "grotesco-criollo," Bertolt Brecht's "epic" theater, the theater of the absurd, the theater of commitment, and the theater of cruelty. Works studied may include those by Usigli and Carballido (Mexico), Triana (Cuba), Gambaro and Discepolo (Argentina), Diaz (Chile). Projects may include collective dramatic representations.