Staging Difference: Cultural Pluralism in American Theatre and Drama

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is necessary in the United States if we are to rearticulate a vision of democratic culture that moves beyond the narrow borders of identity politics, so that we might indeed discover a "third space" that addresses and transforms the shared oppressions of marginalized communities.
Notes
1.
The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa was written in 1964 when Valdez was a student at San Jose State.
2.
Caló and pochismos are used here to denote the hybridity of the pachuco's language. According to Sanchez-Tranquilino, "Pochismos or Anglicismos are translated and Hispanicized English words taken over into southwestern interlingual slang. Caló draws on Southwestern Spanish, regional dialect, Mexican slang, and words that have changed little in form and meaning from Spanish Gypsy slang of the fifteenth century; but it is also a language of constant innovation, kept in restrictive usage by frequent and rapid changes of content through the invention of new terms" (564).
3.
For a detailed account of the Sleepy Lagoon Trial and the Zoot-Suit Riots, see Mauricio Mazón, The Zoot-Suit Riots: The Psychology of Symbolic Annihilation ( Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1984).
4.
In the movie version of Zoot Suit, Valdez substitutes the word pachucada for chicanada in order to further assert El Pachuco's control of meaning and social space.

Works Cited
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Giroux Henry A. Living Dangerously: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Difference. New York: Peter Lang, 1993.
Grossberger, Lawrence, Cary Nelson, and Paula A. Treichler, ed. Cultural Studies. New York: Routledge, 1992.
Huerta Jorge A. Chicano Theater: Themes and Forms. Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press/ Editorial Bilingue, 1982.
Mazón Mauricio. The Zoot-Suit Riots: The Psychology of Symbolic Annihilation. Austin, TX: U of Texas P, 1984.
Morton Carlos. "An Interview with Luis Valdez." Latin American Theatre Review 15. 2 (Spring 1982): 73-76.
Sanchez-Tranqmlino, Marcos and John Tagg. "The Pachuco's Flayed Hide: Mobility, Identity, and Buenas Garras." Grossberger556-70.
Savran David. In Their Own Words: Contemporary American Playwrights. New

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