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Cuban zarzuela : performing race and gender on Havana's lyric stage

Author: Susan Thomas
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2009.
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"Cuban Zarzuela: Performing Race and Gender on Havana's Lyric Stage marks the first comprehensive study of the Cuban zarzuela, a Spanish-language light opera with spoken dialogue that originated in Spain but flourished in Havana during the early twentieth century. Created by musicians and managers to fill a growing demand for family entertainment, the zarzuela evidenced the emerging economic and cultural power of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Thomas
ISBN: 9780252033315 0252033310
OCLC Number: 177019600
Description: ix, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Cuban lyric theater in context --
Eminently feminine: the politics of gender and genre --
The mulata makes an entrance: the salidas of María la O, Cecilia Valdés, and Amalia Batista --
From the negrito to the negro trágico: the changing representation of black masculinity --
Ingenues and fallen women: representations of white femininity --
Ambivalent heroes and sensual peasants: the galán and the criollo.
Responsibility: Susan Thomas.
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"A fascinating interpretation and tightly focused look at the vernacular zarzuela ... as created in Cuba in the 1920s and 1930s."--The Bulletin of the Society for American Music "Thomas provides both Read more...

 
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