Shimon Surya de Valencia
Shimon Surya de Valencia

Project Title: The role of Theater and Art in the creation of a political culture amongst Latina/os in the American Southwest

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Chris Dixon

Project Abstract: This thesis will examine the role theater and art have placed in the formation of a political culture amongst 'Southwestern Latinos' in the US during the late 20th century. This period saw Chicanos move from a revolutionary politics to engagement with the dominant political order of the US. During this time, the ideological transformation of the 'Southwestern Latinos' was formed of an aesthetic from which a shared identity gave purpose to the cry 'Somos America.' This shared image challenges the historically accepted identity paradigm from a culturally monolithic state, to a far more multi-valenced polity.

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