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University Theatre and Cultural Politics in Contemporary Mexican Society

Roselyn Costantino
Hispania
Vol. 78, No. 1 (Mar., 1995), pp. 205-214
DOI: 10.2307/345247
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/345247
Page Count: 10
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University Theatre and Cultural Politics in Contemporary Mexican Society
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Abstract

Historically, theatre and spectacle in Latin America have played an active role in the construction of nation-states and national identities-and in the resistance to consequent hegemonic domination. Recent moves toward democracy in Mexico, challenging the monopoly of the state-party system, coincide with a call for the "democratization" of Mexican culture and for an articulation of the cultural diversity that characterizes that society. As political, economic, and social crises impact cultural production, Mexico's National Autonomous University has devised a series of projects to revive its strong theatre tradition and to offer more democratic access to resources for theatre activity. Projects have been launched to stimulate creative experimentation, yet questions arise as to whether this "new theatre" and a new generation of theatre practitioners are challenging and subverting hegemonic cultural and political discourses or whether they are simply reinforcing them.

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