Festive Devils of the Americas

Edited by Milla Cozart Riggio, Angela Marino, & Paolo Vignolo | Angela Marino, Theater, Dance & Performance Studies | University of Chicago Press, 2015

The devil is a defiant, nefarious figure, the emblem of evil, and harbinger of the damned. However, the festive devil—the devil that dances—turns the most hideous acts into playful transgressions. Festive Devils of the Americas is the first volume to present a transnational and performance-centered approach to this fascinating, feared, and revered character of fiestas, street festivals, and carnivals in North, Central, and South America. As produced and performed in both rural and urban communities and among neighborhood groups and councils, festive devils challenge the principles of colonialism and nation-states reliant on the straight and narrow opposition between good and evil, black and white, and us and them.

Listen to the CRG podcast featuring Angela Marino discussing themes from this volume.