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.
College and Department
Humanities; Spanish and Portuguese
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lewis, Matthew C., "A Comparative Analysis of Parallel Revisionism in the Plays Rabinal Achí and Zoot Suit" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 2395.
Luis Valdez, Rabinal Achí, Zoot Suit, History, Revisionism