Review Of "Women Writing Women: An Anthology Of Spanish-American Theater Of The 1980s" Edited By T. C. Salas And M. Vargas

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Given the high quality of Spanish American drama written by women, it is surprising how few anthologies of these works exist in either Spanish or English. The editors of this volume have performed an invaluable service in compiling this excellent selection. The playwrights included are well known in their respective countries, and some have received international acclaim. Among those included are Isidora Aguirre (Chile), Myrna Casas (Puerto Rico), Maruxa Vilalta (Mexico), Mariela Romero (Venezuela), Beatriz Seibel (Argentina), Sabina Berman (Mexico), Diana Raznovich (Argentina), and Teresa Manchal (Puerto Rico). All of the selected works share a strong criticism of the roles imposed on women by a male-dominated society and a firm belief in the power of writing to educate and bring about necessary change. This anthology has two major shortcomings: the absence of women playwrights from Central America and of works by Argentina's Griselda Gambaro, one of contemporary Latin America's most important playwrights. The translations of the selected plays are very well done. All academic and public collections.


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