Sonic Strategies: Performing Mexico's War on Drugs, Mourning, and Feminicide (Paperback)

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In Sonic Strategies, author Christina Baker highlights the tactics employed by contemporary performance artists in Mexico in response to the violence surrounding the nation's War on Drugs. The introduction opens with a description of the 2007 reenactment of the Grito, or "cry," of independence, a moment fraught with sonic sparring, setting the stage for how each subsequent chapter focuses on themes related to war and violence. Each chapter focuses on the works of one or more performance artist, and taken together, the case studies illuminate how critiques of the nation's rising death tolls, governmental corruption, and gendered violence very literally sound, whether in M sica de balas, a post-dramatic piece by Hugo Salcedo; the lamentations of the nation's Antigones in works by Violeta Luna and Lukas Avenda o; satirical revisions of Mexican Golden Age film in the cabaret piece Nosotras las proles; or the story of transfeminicide in C sar Enr quez's La Prietty Guoman by way of US pop music.

Written in an accessible style grounded in theater studies but interdisciplinary by design, Sonic Strategies will appeal to literary critics, students, musicologists, and theater and performance scholars alike. By paying close attention to planned and spontaneous sounds within live and textual experiences, Sonic Strategies contends that conscientious listening reveals dynamic practices that reside beyond the linguistic and embodied gesture.

About the Author

Christina Baker is an assistant professor of Latin/x American theater and performance at Temple University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780826505989
ISBN-10: 0826505988
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication Date: December 15th, 2023
Pages: 300
Language: English