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Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire

Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns


This book explores the emergence of Filipino American theater and performance from the early 20th century to the present. It stresses the Filipino performing body's location as it conjoins colonial histories of the Philippines with U.S. race relations and discourses of globalization. Puro arte, translated from Spanish into English, simply means “pure art.” In Filipino, puro arte however performs a much more ironic function, gesturing rather to the labor of over-acting, histrionics, playfulness, and purely over-the-top dramatics. In this book, puro arte functions as an episteme, a way of approa ... More

Keywords: Filipino American theatre, Philippines, U.S. race relations, globalization, performance, racialization, colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814744437
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814744437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, author