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Performance in the Borderlands critically examines a range of cultural performances produced in relation to the tensions and movements of/about the border. Comprised of thirteen essays and a transcribed conversation involving the majority of this collection's contributors, this book places a spotlight on both the material and imagined lines of division that exist within North America, including the Caribbean, and divide both geographical regions and the people who inhabit them. In focusing upon the northern portion of the western hemisphere, Performance in the Borderlands does not center any one national border but instead brings into the focus the many boundaries that exist within the quadrant. It critically explores not only the border that exists between the US and Mexico but also the intranational divisions (state and regional differences) within the US, the creation of boundaries by multinational capitalist investment and militaristic presence in the Caribbean, and the natural and political obstacles that inhibit travel between Mexico and Guatemala, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.


Description

Performance in the Borderlands critically examines a range of cultural performances produced in relation to the tensions and movements of/about the border. Comprised of thirteen essays and a transcribed conversation involving the majority of this collection's contributors, this book places a spotlight on both the material and imagined lines of division that exist within North America, including the Caribbean, and divide both geographical regions and the people who inhabit them. In focusing upon the northern portion of the western hemisphere, Performance in the Borderlands does not center any one national border but instead brings into the focus the many boundaries that exist within the quadrant. It critically explores not only the border that exists between the US and Mexico but also the intranational divisions (state and regional differences) within the US, the creation of boundaries by multinational capitalist investment and militaristic presence in the Caribbean, and the natural and political obstacles that inhibit travel between Mexico and Guatemala, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.


Reviews

'... offers an exciting series of perspectives, readings, and cross-disciplinary engagements with this most important theme and makes a persuasive case for the contribution performance studies can make to the wider border studies field... This volume will be of interest to scholars and students in performance, cultural and border studies: it presents a rich, rewarding, and timely series of readings which will add considerably to the potentialities and provocations of work in this field.' - Sophie Nield, Contemporary Theatre Review


Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: Border Moves; R.H.Rivera-Servera & H.Young
Playing the Fence, Listening to the Line: Sound, Sound Art, and Acoustic Politics at the US-Mexico Border; J.Kun
Transnational Cultural Translations and the Meaning of Danzón across Borders; A.Madrid
'Havana Isn't Waiting: Staging Travel during Cuba's Special Period; P.Ybarra
'Architecture is not Justice': Seeing Guantánamo Bay; P.Anderson
Crossing Hispaniola: Cultural Erotics at the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands; R.H.Rivera-Servera
'The Magic of Song!': John Lomax, Huddie Ledbetter, and the Staging of Circulation; P.A.McGinley
Border Intellectual: Performing Identity at the Crossroads; E.P.Johnson
Calling off the Border Patrol; R.Knowles
Transborder Dance: Choreographies by Minerva Tapia; J.M.Valenzuela
The Epistemology of the Minor Native in Transcolonial Border Zones; E.-B.Lim
Remembering Genocide within Our Borders: Trail of Tears& US Museum Culture; H.Young
Poor Enrique and Poor María, Or, the Political Economy of Suffering in Two Migrant Melodramas; A.E.Puga
New Tropicalism: Performance on the Shifting Borders of Caribbean Disappearance; L.Fiet
Performance in the Borderlands Roundtable; P.Anderson, L.Fiet, R.Knowles, E.-B.Lim, P.A.McGinley, A.E.Puga, R.H.Rivera-Servera, P.Ybarra & H.Young
Index


Authors

RAMÓN RIVERA-SERVERA Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. He is currently completing his book manuscript, Performing Latinidad: Queer Sexualities and Global Imaginaries. His essays on Latina/o Performance have appeared in Modern Drama, Text and Performance Quarterly, Ollantay Theatre Magazine, and Trans: The Journal of the Spanish Society of Ethnomusicology.

HARVEY YOUNG Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama program at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. He is the author of Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body.