POLITICS AND VIOLENCE IN CUBAN AND ARGENTINE THEATER.
New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2010. 1st ed. 8vo, bds, 219 p., index, bibl. New Hardcover 9780230613140 This book examines how violence was used as a spectacle in Cuban and Argentine theater in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a reflection of and a dialogue with the violence occurring in the public arena. Using the international affair of theCaso Padilla as a way to appreciate how the notion of revolutionary spectacle pertains to culture, Ford deftly examines the use of violence in four plays from Cuba and Argentina to understand how simulated violence was used as a tool to address the very real violence that was taking place offstage. Priscilla Melendez of UConn says, "The fact that the author chooses two countries & Cuba and Argentina & considered culturally different within Spanish America with extremely distinguished theatrical histories and also very turbulent political ones in the twentieth century, allows her to uncover the diverse manifestations of psychological, physical, and political violence in a period of six years of theatrical production: 1968-1974. These years are profoundly significant in the two countries' political development since they represent periods when repression was particularly blatant." (Item ID: 153716)