"Persuasively argued and elegantly theorized, The Archive and the Repertoire constitutes a necessary intervention in performance scholarship."
--Lisa Wolford Wylam," Theatre Research International"
"[A] timely collection of essays. . . .Taylor weaves together insights, examples, and critical strategies from [performance studies and Latina/o American studies] and her exemplary book makes a major contribution to both."
--Marvin Carlson, "TDR: The Drama Review"
"[E]xcellent. . . . Both in its impressive range, . . . and in its insistence on exploring non-dominant forms of processing experience, Taylor's book is a crucial contribution to the emerging cartographies of global Latin/o American cultures."
--Juan Poblette, "The Americas"
"Taylor's work is an important step in acknowledging marginalized expressions of cultural memory. Its most notable contribution is undoubtedly a defense of the growing field of performance studies as a tool of decolonization."
--Katherine M. Hedeen, "Latin American Research Review"
"[O]ne of the most wide-ranging studies of performance in and of the Americas today. Taylor has masterfully brought together, in a work that is an act of performance itself, both the contradictions and the possibilities of performance studies and the histories and trajectories of Latin/o American hemispheric studies into a 'loosely structured arrangement.'"
--Alberto Guevara," Canadian Journal of Latin American & Caribbean Studies"
"The book is itself both a performance and a contribution to the archive. The remarkably effective way in which [Taylor] combines personal story with analytic reflection is a fitting demonstration of the usefulness that can result from being able to sustain an awareness of one's spatio-temporal role as an observer even as one gets lost in the findings of archival discovery."
--Dianna Niebylski," Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies"
"While I am trained to appreciate Taylor's analyses of Latino/a theatre and performance, I was most moved and surprised by her discussion of September 11 in chapter 9. As Taylor shows, the abundance of media attention and commentary produced after the destruction of the Twin Towers obscured the lives of nonheroes and nonvictims and turned all of them into spectators. Her testimony as scholar and participant in the events surrounding the attack is enlightening, but also refreshing."
--Margo Milleret, "Theatre Journal"
"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
" 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 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"
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""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"
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