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Approaching Transnational America in Performance

Edited By Birgit M. Bauridl and Pia Wiegmink

The volume is uniquely located at the interdisciplinary crossroads of Performance Studies and transnational American Studies. As both a method and an object of study, performance deepens our understanding of transnational phenomena and America’s position in the world. The thirteen original contributions make use of the field’s vast potential and critically explore a wide array of cultural, political, social, and aesthetic performances on and off the stage. They scrutinize transnational trajectories and address issues central to the American Studies agenda such as representation, power, (ethnic and gender) identities, social mobility, and national imaginaries. As an American Studies endeavor, the volume highlights the cultural, political, and (inter)disciplinary implications of performance.

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In the Heights: Performing Change as Evolving Transnational Tradition (Nassim Winnie Balestrini)


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Nassim Winnie Balestrini

In the Heights: Performing Change as Evolving Transnational Tradition

Abstract: Reading Miranda and Hudes’s 2008 musical In the Heights in conjunction with Fiddler on the Roof and hip-hop theater positions the Latina/o and African American cast of characters at the crossroads of multiple theatrical traditions. The use of rap foregrounds the centrality of discourse in cultural formations via politicized narration and word play.

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