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Performance in the borderlands

Performance in the borderlands

Young, Harvey, 1975-; Rivera-Servera, Ramón H., 1973-

A border is a force of containment that inspires dreams of being overcome and crossed, motivates bodies to climb over and threatens physical harm. This book critically examines a range of cultural performances produced in relation to the tensions and movements of or about the borders dividing North America, including the Caribbean

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Ramón H. Rivera-Servera and Harvey Young
ISBN: 0230574602, 9780230574601
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xi, 283 p. ; 23 cm.
Series: Performance interventions
Subject: Intercultural communication; Music.; American drama; Hispanic Americans; Theatre; Group identity in the performing arts.; Borderlands.; Performing arts Social aspects Western Hemisphere.; Performing arts
Series Title: Performance interventions.


  1. Acknowledgements Notes on the Contributors Introduction: Border Moves
  2. R.H.Rivera-Servera & H.Young Playing the Fence, Listening to the Line: Sound, Sound Art, and Acoustic Politics at the US-Mexico Border
  3. J.Kun Transnational Cultural Translations and the Meaning of Danzón across Borders
  4. A.Madrid 'Havana Isn't Waiting: Staging Travel during Cuba's Special Period
  5. P.Ybarra 'Architecture is not Justice': Seeing Guantánamo Bay
  6. P.Anderson Crossing Hispaniola: Cultural Erotics at the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands
  7. R.H.Rivera-Servera 'The Magic of Song!': John Lomax, Huddie Ledbetter, and the Staging of Circulation
  8. P.A.McGinley Border Intellectual: Performing Identity at the Crossroads
  9. E.P.Johnson Calling off the Border Patrol
  10. R.Knowles Transborder Dance: Choreographies by Minerva Tapia
  11. J.M.Valenzuela The Epistemology of the Minor Native in Transcolonial Border Zones
  12. E.-B.Lim Remembering Genocide within Our Borders: Trail of Tears& US Museum Culture
  13. H.Young Poor Enrique and Poor María, Or, the Political Economy of Suffering in Two Migrant Melodramas
  14. A.E.Puga New Tropicalism: Performance on the Shifting Borders of Caribbean Disappearance
  15. L.Fiet Performance in the Borderlands Roundtable;  P.Anderson, L.Fiet, R.Knowles, E.-B.Lim, P.A.McGinley, A.E.Puga, R.H.Rivera-Servera, P.Ybarra &  H.Young Index

Author note

PATRICK ANDERSON, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego, USA

LOWELL FIET, Professor of English, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

E. PATRICK JOHNSON, Professor and Chair of the Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University, USA

RIC KNOWLES, Professor of Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, Canada

JOSH KUN, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, USA

ENG-BENG LIM, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance, Brown University, USA

ALEJANDRO MADRID, Associate Professor, Department of Latino and Latin American Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago, USA

PAIGE MCGINLEY, Assistant Professor of Theater Studies, American Studies, and African American Studies, Yale University, USA

ANA PUGA, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Ohio State University, USA

JOSÉ MANUEL VALENZUELA ARCE, Professor and Researcher, Department of Cultural Studies, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico

PATRICIA YBARRA, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance, Brown University, USA


'... offers an exciting series of perspectives, readings, and cross-disciplinary engagements with this most important theme and makes a persuasive case for the contribution performance studies can make to the wider border studies field... This volume will be of interest to scholars and students in performance, cultural and border studies: it presents a rich, rewarding, and timely series of readings which will add considerably to the potentialities and provocations of work in this field.' - Sophie Nield, Contemporary Theatre Review