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Description - Exploring Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality in Four Spanish Plays: A Crisis of Identity by Beth Ann Bernstein

Exploring Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality in Four Spanish Plays explores society's influence on identity in Spanish theatrical works and discusses parallels to these works in contemporary popular culture. The Spanish plays El retablo de las maravillas (The Marvelous Puppet Show) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1615), Virtudes vencen senales (Virtues overcome Signs) by Velez de Guevara (1620), El publico (The Audience) by Federico Garcia Lorca (1929), and La llamada de Lauren (Lauren's Call) by Paloma Pedrero (1985) all deal with characters in the midst of a crisis of identity. Using an eclectic approach supported by contemporary theories of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, the author analyzes the four plays in terms of identity and shows how society imposes the construction of identity. As the characters reach to define themselves, internal and external pressures guide them in interpreting acceptable behavior. This book offers a close reading of the psychological struggle of each character driven by society to cover their differences with a symbolic mask which, if donned, will eventually devour their true identity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781793620545
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Lexington Books
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2021
Country of Publication: United States

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