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Performances of Suffering in Latin American Migration

Heroes, Martyrs and Saints

Authors: Puga, Ana Elena, Espinosa, Victor M.

  • Continues longstanding efforts to help denaturalize migrant suffering and promote migrant rights 
  • Demonstrates how nineteenth-century subgenres – the race melodrama, domestic melodrama, and sensation melodrama – in fact still structure the way we think today 
  • Cuts across a wide variety of genres and media, including theater/performance, poetry, film, news media accounts, and social performances in daily life 
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About this book

This book questions the reliance on melodrama and spectacle in social performances and cultural productions by and about migrants from Mexico and Central America to the United States. Focusing on archetypal characters with nineteenth-century roots that recur in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries – heroic saviors, saintly mothers and struggling fathers, martyred children and rebellious youth – it shows how theater practitioners, filmmakers, visual artists, advocates, activists, journalists, and others who want to help migrants often create migrant melodramas, performances that depict their heroes as virtuous victims at the mercy of evil villains. In order to gain respect for the human rights that are supposedly already theirs on paper and participate in a global market that trades in performances of suffering, migrants themselves sometimes accept the roles into which they are cast, or even cast themselves. Some express their suffering publicly, often on demand. Others find ways to twist, parody, resist, or reject migrant melodrama.   

About the authors

Ana Elena Puga is an Associate Professor at the Departments of Theatre and Spanish & Portuguese at The Ohio State University. A scholar, translator, and dramaturge, she is the author of Allegory, Memory, and Testimony: Upstaging Dictatorship (Routledge 2008) and Finished from the Start and Other Plays by Juan Radrigan (Northwestern University Press 2008). 
Víctor M. Espinosa is a sociologist specializing in transnational migration and art. Holding a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University and is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at The Ohio State University at Newark, he is the author of El dilema del retorno: Migración, género y pertenencia en un contexto transnacional (El Colegio de Michoacan, 1999) and Martín Ramírez: Framing His Life and Art (University of Texas Press, 2015).

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-37409-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover ca. 106,99 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • Due: 26. April 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-37408-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performances of Suffering in Latin American Migration
Book Subtitle
Heroes, Martyrs and Saints
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-37409-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-37408-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 254
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations
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