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Reviewing Latin American Women Dramatists: Theater, Texts and Themes, ed. by Larson and Margarita Vargas (CH, Nov'99), this reviewer noted an uneven distribution among the authors studied, an observation also applicable to the current work. Eight of the 12 dramatists included come from two countries--Mexico and Argentina--an unjustified imbalance, given this volume's stated focus on dramas written in the past 50 years. However, the author lays the groundwork for this decision, writing that in examining how "games and play can illuminate our understanding of the theater of Spanish America" she concentrates "specifically [on] the drama ... of women writers from Mexico to Argentina." The introduction discusses the book's organization and rationale. The second chapter addresses the ludic vis-a-vis theater. Five of the subsequent chapters analyze individual texts, viewing games as either structure or theme in the drama of specific women playwrights. The book is soundly researched and innovative, and Larson eschews traditional theater analysis. Focusing on the socio-political and psychological import of games and game playing, she forces the reader to view these pieces through a more significant prism, making one aware of heretofore unsuspected motives and protest not voiced through traditional channels. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. F. Colecchia Duquesne University
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