Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire , written by Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns

Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire , written by Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns New York and London: New York University Press, 2012, 192pp, 12 halftones, $25 paper, $79 cloth, also available in eBook. Image Courtesy of New York University Press The first book to analyze Filipino American theatre and performance in the context of us -Philippine (neo)colonial relations, Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns’ Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire tracks and traces the Filipino/a performing body—acting, singing, and dancing—across various sites and key historical events. Through original (re)readings of myriad sites of performance—the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, early twentieth-century African American theatre, American taxi dance halls, theatrical performances about the Marcos-era Martial Law, and global productions of Miss Saigon —Burns emphasizes not instances of Filipino invisibility but moments when they are noticed for their overly visible performances that exceed their assigned script as docile us colonial subjects. Although these historical events recall Filipinos as subjects of imperial rule, forced migration, and globalization, Burns insists that the corporeality of the Filipino/a body testifies to the uneven successes and limits of American empire. Indeed, Burns named her study Puro Arte precisely to express the playfulness, ostentation, and over-the-top dramatics displayed by Filipino performers as they push against the accepted norms http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas Brill

Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire , written by Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns

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Brill
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© 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviews
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2352-3077
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2352-3085
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10.1163/23523085-00103008
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New York and London: New York University Press, 2012, 192pp, 12 halftones, $25 paper, $79 cloth, also available in eBook. Image Courtesy of New York University Press The first book to analyze Filipino American theatre and performance in the context of us -Philippine (neo)colonial relations, Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns’ Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire tracks and traces the Filipino/a performing body—acting, singing, and dancing—across various sites and key historical events. Through original (re)readings of myriad sites of performance—the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, early twentieth-century African American theatre, American taxi dance halls, theatrical performances about the Marcos-era Martial Law, and global productions of Miss Saigon —Burns emphasizes not instances of Filipino invisibility but moments when they are noticed for their overly visible performances that exceed their assigned script as docile us colonial subjects. Although these historical events recall Filipinos as subjects of imperial rule, forced migration, and globalization, Burns insists that the corporeality of the Filipino/a body testifies to the uneven successes and limits of American empire. Indeed, Burns named her study Puro Arte precisely to express the playfulness, ostentation, and over-the-top dramatics displayed by Filipino performers as they push against the accepted norms

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Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the AmericasBrill

Published: Sep 14, 2015

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