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Table of Contents

Prologue: Jumping the Fence ix
1. !Presente! 1
2. Enacting Refusal: Political Animatives 45
3. Camino Largo: The Zapatistas' Long Road toward Autonomy 67
4. Making Presence 105
5. Traumatic Memes 127
6. We Have Always Been Queer 153
7. Tortuous Routes: Four Walks through Villa Grimaldi 175
8. Dead Capital 203
9. The Decision Dilemma 226
Epilogue 245
Notes 251
Bibliography 299
Index 321

About the Author

Diana Taylor is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is the author and editor of several books, including Performance; The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas; and Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's "Dirty War," all also published by Duke University Press. Taylor was founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics from 1998 to 2020. In 2018 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


"Diana Taylor advances a timely and necessary theorization of the politics of performance, delivering nuanced and heartfelt analysis of the creative strategies of artists and activists who labor to intervene in historical and contemporary injustices across the Americas. Showcasing Taylor as a scholar, activist, and accomplice present at the site of performance, !Presente! is an intellectually brilliant and crucial model of politically engaged theory." -- Ramon H. Rivera-Servera, coeditor of * Blacktino Queer Performance *
"A major project drawn from a life's work of travel, searching, introspection, and unceasing political commitment to and collaborations with artists and activists, !Presente! is a work of great power, poetics, and political impact." -- Josh Kun, University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication
"For a work so theoretically rigorous, !Presente! stands out for its wide legibility. By foregoing unnecessary academic jargon and taking pains to explain her own ethical entanglements in plain English, Taylor's scholarship makes for a surprisingly smooth read, though it is at times heartbreaking: she does not minimize the grimmer aspects of her subject matter, which include devastating accounts of kidnappings, torture, and genocide. The uninitiated reader will find her writing clear and unpretentious, and may discover that her gloss of the postcolonial canon does much to demystify." -- Sam Adrien Smith * Full Stop *

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