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Producing and Representing the Urban Landscape in José Rivera’s Marisol

  • Journal of Modern English Drama
  • Abbr : JMBARD
  • 2020, 33(2), pp.67-86
  • Publisher : 한국현대영미드라마학회
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature > Contemporary English Drama
  • Received : July 15, 2020
  • Accepted : August 13, 2020
  • Published : August 31, 2020

Jung,Byung-Eon 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

Producing and Representing the Urban Landscape in José Rivera’s Marisol Abstract Jung,Byung-Eon(PusanNationalUniv.) In this paper I examine how the urban landscape of New York City is ideologically shaped by social, cultural, and political processes in terms of race, ethnicity, and economy in José Rivera’s Marisol. I apply cultural and geographical theory to landscape interpretation to argue that this play spatially represents the conflict among various groups for the contested space of New York City as a “commodity, something of value.” In this play the ruling class constructs the urban landscape in relation to their own perspective to protect the city from being metaphorically contaminated by the Nuyorican and the homeless. In defiance of boundaries imposed by the ruling class, however, the others pursue a strategy of boundary crossing for their own possible liberation. Throughout this paper, I argue that urban landscape and spatial differentiation are ideological, but that Marisol situates the audience in the position of participating themselves in the practices of freedom by revealing the ideology behind the logic of visualization that counts for the others’ exclusion.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.