Abstract

This study draws parallels between the dramatic works Rabinal Achí­, an anonymous ancient Mayan text, and the Luis Valdez masterpiece Zoot Suit. The parallel that I seek to establish is one of the strong trend of historical revisionism in both works as well as a parallel development of plot and characterization. This work does not claim to be representative of revisionism as a whole, nor does it seek to establish a new official history, but it does to demonstrate how both works, even though they are separated by hundreds of years, share a common bond of subversion and direct opposition to established norms and to the "facts" of a recorded official history in an attempt to give voice to the experience of the historically overlooked individual.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; Spanish and Portuguese

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Date Submitted

2010-11-24

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd4071

Keywords

Luis Valdez, Rabinal Achí­, Zoot Suit, History, Revisionism

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