Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production

Leticia Alvarado (Author)

Product Details

Duke University Press
Publish Date
May 04, 2018
6.0 X 0.6 X 8.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Leticia Alvarado is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Brown University.


"In writing this, I am thinking of contemporary figures of abjection--the asylum seeker, the victim of domestic abuse and gang violence, the parent and child violently separated at the US border. Abject Performances does not make such figures more legible, but rather encourages readers towards being with illegibility so as to create a condition for thinking through alternatives to citizenship, to accept the unknown and unknowable as a viable, yet confounding aesthetic, and a necessary, though unsustainable politic."-- (10/04/2018)
"Abject Performances presents a dynamic, fascinating, and novel approach to understanding the role of abjection in contestatory articulations of Latino identity. From the esoteric to the popular, the sacred to the profane, Leticia Alvarado weaves together a narrative that convincingly positions the abject as an entirely distinct way of producing latinidad through diverse cultural products."-- (03/22/2019)
"Alvarado's book usefully brings aesthetics and affect theory to bear upon not only what Latinidad means, but also how its possibilities can shift. . . . Alvarado rigorously theorizes a strand of Latinx affective and aesthetic engagement that names a feeling we already have and a perspective we need to embrace."-- (04/25/2019)
"Abject Performances is an ambitious text. The breadth of theoretical frameworks is especially impressive given the depth of critical analysis that complements them. . . . Viewing the ways in which aesthetic theory meets performance and media studies, Latino studies, and queer theory as an emerging flux continues necessary conversations in these fields."-- (04/01/2019)
"Alvarado brings together artistic, academic, and activist ways of being and doing in this world, opening spaces to imagine brighter futures. . . . Against the myth of wholeness and completion, Alvarado offers a final Muรฑozian gesture: circling back to the urgency of imagining futurity, Abject Performances rehearses a path towards a more sensual world not-yet-here."-- (11/01/2019)