Tango and the Political Economy of Passion by Marta E. Savigliano
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Tango and the Political Economy of Passion
By Marta E. Savigliano

Tango and the Political Economy of Passion

From Exoticism to Decolonization

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Tango and the Political Economy of Passion by Marta E. Savigliano

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What is tango? Dance, music, and lyrics of course, but also a philosophy, a strategy, a commodity, even a disease. This book explores the politics of tango, tracing tango's travels from the brothels of Buenos Aires to the cabarets of Paris and the shako dansu clubs of Tokyo. The author is an Argentinean political theorist and a dance professor at the University of California at Riverside. She uses her "tango tongue" to tell interwoven tales of sexuality, gender, race, class, and national identity. Along the way she unravels relations between machismo and colonialism, postmodernism and patriarchy, exoticism and commodification. In the end she arrives at a discourse on decolonization as intellectual "unlearning."Marta Savigliano's voice is highly personal and political. Her account is at once about the exoticization of tango and about her own fate as a Third World woman intellectual. A few sentences from the preface are indicative: "Tango is my womb and my tongue, a trench where I can shelter and resist the colonial invitations to 'universalism,'...a stubborn fatalist mood when technocrats and theorists offer optimistic and seriously revised versions of 'alternatives' for the Third World, an opportunistic metaphor to talk about myself and my stories as a success' of the civilization-development-colonization of America Latina, and a strategy to figure out through the history of the tango a hooked-up story of people like myself. Tango is my changing, resourceful source of identity. And because I am where I am--outside--tango hurts and comforts me: 'Tango is a sad thought that can be danced.'"Savigliano employs the tools of ethnography, history, body-movement analysis, and political economy. Well illustrated with drawings and photos dating back to the 1880s, this book is highly readable, entertaining, and provocative. It is sure to be recognized as an important contribution in the fields of cultural studies, performance studies, decolonization, and women-of-color feminism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813316383
ISBN-10: 0813316383
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 29-Dec-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Marta E. Savigliano

Marta E. Savigliano is assistant professor of dance history and theory at the University of California at Riverside.

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