Title

Subversive Humor in Dolores Prida’s Musical Comedy: Beautiful Señoritas

Subject Area

Hispanic Women Writers

Abstract

Humor is a critical tool for the oppressed. As an act of resistance, Cuban-American playwright Dolores Prida exploits laughter in order to challenge traditional Hispanic views on gender and mainstream Anglo society’s stereotypes about Hispanic s in general. This study focuses on Prida’s culturally-specific manipulation of humor. Prida’s use of laughter has the very serious objective of undermining masculinist values. By subverting cultural conventions, Beautiful Señoritas raises consciousness on women’s issues and ultimately advocates social change.

Brief Bio Note

Gisela Norat is a Professor of Spanish at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women in Atlanta, where she teaches Latina and Latin American women's literature in the Spanish department. She is author of Marginalities: Diamela Eltit and the Subversion of Mainstream Literature in Chile and a number of scholarly articles on Latin American and U.S Latina fiction written by women. Her latest research and publications focus on issues of motherhood.

Keywords

Latina, Cuban-American, Gender, Humor. Play, Bi-lingual

Location

Coastal Georgia Center

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

4-7-2016 3:30 PM

End Date

4-7-2016 3:50 PM

Embargo

11-28-2015

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Subversive Humor in Dolores Prida’s Musical Comedy: Beautiful Señoritas

Coastal Georgia Center

Humor is a critical tool for the oppressed. As an act of resistance, Cuban-American playwright Dolores Prida exploits laughter in order to challenge traditional Hispanic views on gender and mainstream Anglo society’s stereotypes about Hispanic s in general. This study focuses on Prida’s culturally-specific manipulation of humor. Prida’s use of laughter has the very serious objective of undermining masculinist values. By subverting cultural conventions, Beautiful Señoritas raises consciousness on women’s issues and ultimately advocates social change.