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What a Bitch: The Complexities of Gender in Playwriting


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What a Bitch: The Complexities of Gender in Playwriting

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dc.contributor.author Chavez, Lawrence
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-03T17:50:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-03T17:50:24Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-03
dc.date.submitted May 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20809
dc.description.abstract Harvesting pain to create difficult female characters that serve as the emotional catalysts for the plot is explored in my plays, Caballos Muertos and Señora de la Pinta. I discuss why I have chosen to reclaim the word “bitch” to describe angry Chicanas that have been a thematic necessity in my writing because of internal violence resulting from the colonization of the female body. I also reflect upon the use of contemporary feminist playwriting as an educational tool that teaches New Mexico history while at the same time allows for sensitivity concerning sexual identity and gender expression. Everyone is marginalized by looks, but the female aesthetic has a profound effect on respective societies which further complicates dynamics of love, culture and religion. I demonstrate how the shattered female body translates into emotional dialogue which organizes the force of action that drives the plot of my plays by incorporating sexual and cultural politics as well as folklore and superstition to exemplify how the oppressed female is in a constant state of ambivalence, identifying both as the person she is expected to be and the person that she really is. This is supported with historical events in New Mexico that shaped Chicano communities and the relationship they have with themselves. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Playwriting en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Bitch en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Playwriting
dc.subject.lcsh Women in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Mexican American women in literature
dc.title What a Bitch: The Complexities of Gender in Playwriting en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree MFA Dramatic Writing en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Theater and Dance en_US
dc.description.advisor Herrera, Brian
dc.description.committee-member Avila, Elaine
dc.description.committee-member Rivas, Tlaloc
dc.description.committee-member Jewell, Donna

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