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'The Politics of Passion' by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Dr. Diana Taylor
What options for political and economic justice do people have when the electoral process has been violated or corrupted, the media sequestered in the hands of power-brokers, and official institutions cannot adjudicate in a way that is seen as transparent and legitimate? "The Poltics of Passion" explains the resurgence and even centrality of the body in politics. As political parties fail to represent their constituencies, people are re-learning to represent themselves.
Diana Taylor is University Professor and professor of performance studies and Spanish at NYU, as well as founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She has edited over a dozen books and is the author of the award-winning Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America; Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's 'Dirty War'; and, most recently, The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Outstanding Book, Association for Theatre in Higher Education; Kovacs Prize for an outstanding book in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures, MLA).
Two books in Spanish were recently published: Performance and Acciones de Memoria. She lectures extensively around the world and is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim in 2005.