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Book Title: Shattering the Myth: Plays by Hispanic Women|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 332 KB
ISBN 13: 9781558850415
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Reader ratings: 5.4
The author of the book: Denise Chávez
Edition: Arte Publico Press
Date of issue: January 1st 1992
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sadly I have read only one play out of six from this book. it isn't available for me to read it all. so why i rate it with 4 stars ??
although I only read Miriam's flowers , but I am in love with the idea of reading a whole book by Hispanic women. Giving voice to marginalized Hispanic women is something which is highly respected.
as for Miriam's flowers, I fall in love with certain ideas in the play. Despite the sexual content, the idea of creating beauty after pain , Miriam's pain as a way of purification , having inner pain out, are some of themes only some which I totally understand and love.
about the ending of the play .. oh my god !! how symbolic is that !!?
the death of delfina in the bathtub which symbolize her guilt was incredible. she is sinful , guilty "for the death of puli" from hair to toe. she can't wash up her guilt till she died in !! how powerful is that !!
miriam's attempts to purify her died mother which failed as she can't draw saint's blood like flowers and only draw a tulip .. how effective is that !!
The symbolic mention of moses and the name of the protagonist "miriam" and jesus
all the themes and ideas came to ones mind by reading one play .. so what about the rest of the collection !!
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Read information about the authorDenise Elia Chavez (born August 15, 1948) is an American author, playwright, and stage director. She was born to an Hispano family in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States, and graduated from Madonna High School in Mesilla. She received her Bachelor's from New Mexico State University and Master's degrees in Dramatic Arts from Trinity University. While in college, she began writing dramatic works. Upon graduation, she worked at the Dallas Theater Center while continuing her studies in drama and writing. She then entered the MFA program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and earned a degree in writing. In 1986, she published her first collection of short stories, called The Last of the Menu Girls. She received several awards, including the American Book Award, the Premio Aztlán Literary Prize, the Mesilla Valley Author of the Year Award, and the 2003 Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature. Chavez was offered a professorship in creative writing at UNM, during which time she wrote the novel Loving Pedro Infante, which earned her critical acclaim. She left the University, however, to work at a rape crisis center. She is the founder of the Border Book Festival that is held every year in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She also serves as Executive Director of the Cultural Center de Mesilla, and manages its book, music and arts store.
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