MAPPING LIMINOID GEOGRAPHIES IN CONTEMPORARY CATALAN THEATRE
Keywords:Liminality, Spanish/Catalan Peninsular Theatre, Identity Politics, Colonization, Border Politics, Liminalidad, Teatro peninsular, español, catalán, Conflictos identitarios, Colonización, Fronteras
This article traces the issue of liminality, as first developed by Arnold Van Gennep and later by Victor Turner, to articulate the main issues that inform four contemporary Catalan plays: Guillem Clua’s La pell en flames (2005), Lluïsa Cunillé’s Après moi, le déluge, (2007), Josep María Miró’s Fum (2012), and Olvidémonos de ser turistas (2017). The four plays deal with similar themes: being strangers trapped in violent multilingual scenarios while dealing with personal identity crisis in a constantly changing geopolitical scenario that they fail to understand. By analyzing the plays against the concept of Turner’s liminality, the article shows how the characters’ depicted experiences, always engaged in treacherous and never-ending "neither here nor there" (Turner, 95) thresholds will yield nefarious consequences. Their problems are already imbued in their own liminal, bilingual and, ultimately, unresolved nature that their respective struggles in a foreign environment will only exacerbate.
El presente artículo analiza el concepto de liminalidad, creado por Arnold Van Gennep y que más tarde desarrolló Victor Turner. Liminalidad se utiliza aquí para explicar algunos de los problemas que se dramatizan en cuatro obras del teatro catalán: La pell en flames (2005) de Guillem Clua’s, Après moi, le déluge (2007) de Lluïsa Cunillé, Fum (2012), y Olvidémonos de ser turistas (2017) de Josep María Miró. Las cuatro obras tratan temas parecidos, en especial sitúan a sus personajes en enclaves extranjeros, multilingües y donde reina algún tipo de conflicto geopolítico. Además, los protagonistas viven en un estado de constante ansiedad personal que arrastran a países cuyas crisis son incapaces de entender. El concepto y las ideas de Turner sobre la liminalidad ayuda a entender la coyuntura de las experiencias que atraviesan los personajes ya que siempre están en zonas intermedias, conflictivas, en umbrales que acrecientan los problemas que ya llevan de por sí dada su naturaleza sin resolver y que al encontrarse en escenarios violentos acelera su trágico desenlace.
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