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The origins of a category: a study on the concept of avant-garde in Chilean theatrical historiography

Grant number: 17/25447-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 31, 2018
Effective date (End): June 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Theatre
Principal Investigator:Laura Janina Hosiasson
Grantee:Bruno Verneck
Supervisor: Cristián Opazo
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile  
Associated to the scholarship:17/08092-2 - State of agony: theater and politics in Griselda Gambaro and Jorge Diaz, BP.IC


It is common to use avant-garde as a category to think upon the theatre from the second half of the 20th Century. In French drama it became commonsense when referring to the so-called "theatre of the absurd" and in Hispanic American theatrical historiography, the term also spread. The work of important authors from the period, such as the Chilean Jorge Díaz (1930-2007) and the Argentinean Griselda Gambaro (1928 -) got that denomination. In Argentinian criticism it was widely reconsidered, whereas in Chilean criticism it consolidated over the years. This project, regarding the avant-garde category in its problematic epistemological sense, intends to learn about its origins on Chilean drama. For such, we propose a study on he public reviews in newspapers and magazines specialized in Díaz's plays, which premiered between 1960-1964. This return in time has as an objective to construct a panel and to identify the avant-garde elements that the criticism perceived in this work in order to understand the path from this category to its consolidation in current historiography. (AU)

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