Latin American Women On/In Stages

By Margo Milleret

Subjects: Women's Studies, Latin American Studies, Drama
Series: SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture
Paperback : 9780791462225, 274 pages, November 2004
Hardcover : 9780791462218, 274 pages, November 2004

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Table of contents


Introduction. Domesticating Drama

1. Reclaiming the Home


Romantic Love and the Loss of Self
Sexual Politics


2. Questioning Motherhood


Patriarchal Mothers and Rebellious Daughters
Negotiating Mothers and Independent Daughters


3. Staging Age and Sexuality


Midlife and Menopause
Postmenopausal Women and Sexuality
Final Acts


Conclusion. Beyond the Footlights

Appendix 1: Plays by Chapter

Appendix 2: Dramatists by Country




Compares plays by Latin American women dramatists born after 1945.


While a feminine perspective has become more common on Latin American stages since the late 1960s, few of the women dramatists who have contributed to this new viewpoint have received scholarly attention. Latin American Women On/In Stages examines twenty-four plays written by women living in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. While all of the plays critique the restraints placed on being female, several also offer alternatives that emphasize a broader and healthier range of options. Margo Milleret, using an innovative comparative and thematic approach, highlights similarities in the techniques and formats employed by female playwrights as they challenged both theatrical and social conventions. She argues that these representations of women's lives are important for their creativity and their insights into both the personal and public worlds of Latin America.

Margo Milleret is Associate Professor of Portuguese and Spanish at The University of New Mexico.