Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance (Paperback)

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Honorable Mention, 2020 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History, given by the American Society for Theatre Research

Argues that Ricanness operates as a continual performance of bodily endurance against US colonialism

In 1954, Dolores "Lolita" Lebr n and other members of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party led a revolutionary action on the chambers of Congress, firing several shots at the ceiling and calling for the independence of the island. Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance begins with Lebr n's vanguard act, distilling the relationship between Puerto Rican subjectivity, gender, sexuality, and revolutionary performance under colonial time.

Ruiz argues that Ricanness--a continual performance of bodily endurance against US colonialism through different measures of time--uncovers what's at stake politically for the often unwanted, anticolonial, racialized and sexualized enduring body. Moving among theatre, experimental video, revolutionary protest, photography, poetry, and durational performance art, Ricanness stages scenes in which the philosophical, social, and psychic come together at the site of aesthetics, against the colonization of time. Analyzing the work of artists and revolutionaries like AD L, Lebr n, Papo Colo, Pedro Pietri, and Ryan Rivera, Ricanness imagines a Rican future through the time travel extended in their aesthetic interventions, illustrating how they have reformulated time itself through nonlinear aesthetic practices.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781479825684
ISBN-10: 1479825689
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: July 9th, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English