Relaciones de género y poder en cuatro obras del teatro Mexicano contemporáneo (1980-2000) Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Asensio, Paloma
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • In this dissertation I discuss the ways in which four representative and socially conscious contemporary Mexican playwrights (Emilio Carballido, Vicente Leñero, Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda, and Ximena Escalante) recreate the effects that power, or the lack thereof, and gender relations, have in the characters of their plays. I also analyze whether their message can be effectively understood beyond the borders of their country. In Chapter I, I provide a historical overview of contemporary Mexican theatre, as well as a brief introduction to the concepts of power and gender, based on the works of Michel Foucault and Judith Butler. I explain, in Chapter II, the effects that gender relations and power have on the two female characters of Emilio Carballido’s Orinoco (1982). How Vicente Leñero’s character couple in La mudanza (1979- 1980) are destroyed by the conventions of the patriarchal structure and the gender principles that sustain it is the subject of Chapter III. Chapter IV exposes in Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda’s La mujer que cayó del cielo (1999) the impossibility of a constructive relationship between dominant power and any individual who is not included within the established social norm. Chapter V presents with Ximena Escalante’s Fedra y otras griegas (2000) the possibility of a more plural concept of woman away from the roles of patriarchal structure. I summarize my findings in Chapter VI.
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