Necropolitical Theater

Publisher: Northwestern University Press Release date: 2020-05-15

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The Necropolitical Theater: Race and Immigration on the Contemporary Spanish Stage demonstrates how theatrical production in Spain since the early 1990s has reflectednational anxieties about immigration and race. Jeffrey K. Coleman argues that Spainhas developed a "e;necropolitical theater"e; that casts the non-European immigrant asfictionalized enemy-one whose nonwhiteness is incompatible with Spanish nationalidentity and therefore poses a threat to the very Europeanness of Spain. The fate ofthe immigrant in the necropolitical theater is death, either physical or metaphysical,which preserves the status quo and provides catharsis for the spectator faced with thenotion of racial diversity. Marginalization, forced assimilation, and physical deathare outcomes suffered by Latin American, North African, and sub-Saharan Africancharacters, respectively, and in these differential outcomes determined by skin colorColeman identifies an inherent racial hierarchy informed by the legacies of colonizationand religious intolerance.Drawing on theatrical texts, performances, legal documents, interviews, and critical reviews,this book challenges Spanish theater to develop a new theatrical space. Jeffrey K.Coleman proposes a "e;convivial theater"e; that portrays immigrants as contributors tothe Spanish state and better represents the multicultural reality of the nation today.

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Genre: Theatre studies

Collection: Northwestern University Press

Type: EPub

Pages 152

ISBN: 9780810141872

Additional Information

Genre: Theatre studies

Collection: Northwestern University Press

Type: EPub

Pages 152

ISBN: 9780810141872

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