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New book explores what theatre tells us about immigration in Spain

January 31, 2014

A new book from Loyola University New Orleans Professor of Languages and Cultures Eileen J. Doll, Ph.D., explores the rapid immigration in Spain by analyzing immigrant characters in more than 30 Spanish plays published since 1989, when Spain experienced an influx of immigrants.

The book, “Inmigrantes en la escena española. Buscando una nueva identidad española” (Immigrants on the Spanish Stage. Seeking a New Spanish Identity), was recently published in Madrid, Spain. In particular, Doll highlights the African immigrant character in plays, which dramatists use to call for justice for the new members of Spanish society. In the book, Doll examines the use of language, the positioning of the audience in relation to the immigrant and various dramatic devices.

“This is the most complete and in-depth study of the topic of immigration in Spanish theatre of any I have read,” according to Jerónimo López Mozo, one of the playwrights featured in the book.

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