Stages of Exile

Spanish Republican Exile Theatre and Performance

by Helena Buffery (Volume editor)
©2011 Edited Collection 285 Pages


This book brings together twelve specially commissioned essays that showcase current research on Spanish Republican exile theatre and performance, including work by some of the foremost scholars in the field. Covering a range of periods, geographical locations and theatrical phenomena, the essays are united by the common question of what it means to ‘stage exile’, exploring the relationship between space, identity and performance in order to excavate the place of theatre in Spanish Republican exile production.
Each chapter takes a particular case study as a starting point in order to assess the place of a particular text, practitioner or performance within Hispanic theatre tradition and then goes on to examine the case study’s relationship with the specific sociocultural context in which it was located and/or produced. The authors investigate wider issues concerning the recovery and performability of these documentary traces, addressing their position within the contemporary debate over historical and cultural memory, their relationship to the contemporary stage, the insights they offer into the experience and performance of exile, and their contribution to contemporary configurations of identity and community in the Hispanic world. Through this commitment to interdisciplinary debate, the volume offers a new and invigorating reimagination of twentieth-century Hispanic theatre from the margins.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (February)
Spanish Republican exile theatre and performance identity and community in the Hispanic world twentieth-century Hispanic theatre Hispanic theatre tradition
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. VIII, 285 pp., 1 b/w ill., num. examples of notes

Biographical notes

Helena Buffery (Volume editor)

Helena Buffery lectures on contemporary Hispanic culture at University College Cork. Her research interests are in modern and contemporary Hispanic theatre and performance, translation studies and Catalan studies. She has published widely in these fields and recently completed an AHRC-funded project entitled ‘Staging Exile: Migration and Diaspora in Hispanic Theatre and Performance Cultures’.


Title: Stages of Exile