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Tuesday, December 6 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
“Outside It Is Raining Blood, And You Have Absolutely Nowhere To Go:” Colonialist Attitudes Towards Female Bodies In Dolores Prida’s Beautiful Senoritas And Coser y Cantar

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This project examines two works by twentieth-century Cuban-American playwright Dolores Prida, Beautiful Senoritas (1977), and Coser y cantar (1981). Violence is at the center of both of these plays and infects the public and private lives of Prida’s female characters. The descriptions and language associated with Prida’s female characters ties their suffering to the violence of colonization. This violence creates a constrictive and oppressive atmosphere in which the women are trapped. However, rather than confront these structures, the women respond by instead internalizing and perpetuating colonialist attitudes amongst themselves. Prida therefore ties the suffering of her female characters to the problematic dichotomy of colonialism, in which one is either an abuser or abused. This projects posits that through the character of “The Girl” and the moments of harmony within Ella/She, Prida suggests that the solution to female suffering is to transcend the language of domination through multiculturalism and radical imagination.

Tuesday December 6, 2016 1:20pm - 1:40pm
232 Karpen Hall

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