In the Body
Indigenous Corporeality, Work, and Interpretation
Part Three moves away from a chronological approach, engaging a more theoretical and discursive style, and undertaking detailed dramaturgical analyses. This chapter considers issues of reception, interpretation, signification, and meanings of The Old Men and Night of the Dead, engaging the notion of a web of communicative significances, firstly placing a particular emphasis on the concept of bodies, embodiment, and difference, and the constructed nature of the human body as signifier in relation to indigenousness and the people of Lake Pátzcuaro; secondly examining the network of ideas surrounding Lake Pátzcuaro, prehispanic ancestry, and the exhibition of work and everyday life; and thirdly analyzing specific dramaturgical elements of both Night of the Dead and The Old Men as corporeal activities.
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