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dc.contributor.authorTownsend, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-22T03:30:41Z
dc.date.available2021-06-22T03:30:41Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/49665
dc.description.abstractThe avant-garde posits the possibility of total rupture with the past. This book pulls back on this futuristic impulse by showing how theater became a key site for artists on the edge of capitalism to reconfigure the role of the aesthetic between 1917 and 1934. The book argues that this “unfinished art”—because of its weakness as a representative institution in Mexico and Brazil, where the bourgeois stage had not yet coalesced—was at the forefront of struggles to redefine the relationship between art and social change. Drawing on archival research, Townsend reveals the importance of avant-garde projects that belie the rhetoric of rupture and immediacy: ethnographic operas, populist puppet plays, children’s radio programs, a philosophical drama about the birth of a new race, and an antifascist spectacle written for a theater shut down by the police. The book argues that avant-garde art is tied to the experience of dependency, delay, and the uneven development of capitalism.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::A The arts::AN Theatre studies
dc.subject.otherPerforming Arts
dc.subject.otherTheater
dc.subject.otherHistory & Criticism
dc.titleThe Unfinished Art of Theater
dc.title.alternativeAvant-Garde Intellectuals in Mexico and Brazil
dc.typebook
oapen.relation.isPublishedByb4699693-8bd9-4982-b22e-c153becb6f4b
oapen.relation.isFundedByb818ba9d-2dd9-4fd7-a364-7f305aef7ee9
oapen.collectionKnowledge Unlatched (KU)
oapen.imprintNorthwestern University Press
oapen.identifierhttps://openresearchlibrary.org/viewer/034d2c8e-9218-42fe-b6c2-378d022e8ddf
oapen.identifier.isbn9780810137400
grantor.number3704


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