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State of agony: theater and politics in Griselda Gambaro and Jorge Diaz

Grant number: 17/08092-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2017
Effective date (End): September 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Literatures
Principal Investigator:Laura Janina Hosiasson
Grantee:Bruno Verneck
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/25447-9 - The origins of a category: a study on the concept of avant-garde in Chilean theatrical historiography, BE.EP.IC


The Argentinean Griselda Gambaro (1928) and the Chilean Jorge Diaz (1930-2007), are on the list of the most celebrated playwrights of the twentieth-century Spanish-American theater. Both began their trajectories in the 1960s, and each in its own way deals with issues related such as violence and contradictions stemming from social inequality in its most perverse aspects. This project intends to study how these themes are elaborated in the respective dramaturgies, also seeking to establish points of contact, from the relation of his work with the historical context of production. We think of two historical-temporal cutbacks: the 1960s as a cultural milestone of a new Latin American thought from the Cuban revolution, and the 1980s as a decade of drafting the traumas around military regimes in the 1970s. Selecting, for each author, a play written and staged in the 1960s and one of the 1980s, aiming to analyze comparatively how both poetic dialogues with their historical contemporaneity and what relations can be established between them. (AU)

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