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"Diana Taylor is perhaps the most lucid and original Latin American performance theorist. In her new book, she tackles a very complex topic: the relationship between writing, performance, and historical memory on our continent. Her interdisciplinary approach provides us with new bridges and pathways between cultures, metiers, and disciplines. My colleagues and I have long been waiting for such a book."-Guillermo Gomez-Pena, performance artist and writer "Diana Taylor is that rare scholar-a master of theory who speaks from experience and writes with passion. She tells us that as a child she 'learned that the Americas were one.' In this extraordinary book Taylor explores-from the pre-Columbian to the postmodern-America's oneness of contradictions, revelations, wounds, celebrations, rituals, and arts."-Richard Schechner, University Professor of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and author of Performance Studies: An Introduction "Diana Taylor's ideas, carefully etched out here to great effect, provide a new vocabulary to understand the work that performance does in culture and broadens our sense of how performance achieves its effect. Full of insight and information, The Archive and the Repertoire should finally unsettle the hegemony of narrative in Latin American literary and cultural studies."-David Roman, author of Acts of Intervention: Performance, Gay Culture, and AIDS "The Archive and the Repertoire is an original and brilliant contribution. It will take the study of Latin American performance to a new level with its attention not only to politics and to history and its consequences, but also to memory, the media, and aesthetic/political practices that take into account the hemispheric and the global."-Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano, author of The Wounded Heart: Writing on Cherrie Moraga
Diana Taylor is Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish and Director of the Hemispheric Institute on Performance and Politics at New York University. Among her books are Holy Terrors: Latin American Women Perform (coedited with Roselyn Costantino), Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's "Dirty War," and Negotiating Performance: Gender, Sexuality, and Theatricality in Latin/o America (with Juan Villegas), all also published by Duke University Press.