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Stages of Exile

Spanish Republican Exile Theatre and Performance


Edited By Helena Buffery

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.


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List of Contributors vii Introduction 1 MANUEL AZNAR SOLER Españoles en Francia: An Unpublished Play by Álvaro de Orriols 9 NIGEL DENNIS The Civil War in Exile: Poetry and Politics in José Bergamín’s La niña guerrillera 31 FRANCISCA MONTIEL An Intertextual Return: Álvaro Arauz’s Entre Medina y Olmedo 57 DUNCAN WHEELER ¿La película duende?: María Teresa León, Rafael Alberti and Alternative Traditions of Resurrecting Golden Age Drama 71 LAURA LONSDALE Don Juan in Exile 95 SAMUEL LLANO Exile, Resistance and Heteroglossia in Robert Gerhard’s Flamenco 107 MARIA JOSEP RAGUÉ ARIAS Myth and Exile in the Work of José Martín Elizondo 125 vi MONTSERRAT ROSER I PUIG Nostalgia and Exoticism in El ben cofat i l’altre by Josep Carner 145 DAVID GARCÍA VIDAL Exile and the Theatre of the Galician Diaspora 161 JOSÉ ÁNGEL SAINZ Staging Return: Max Aub’s Theatre of Broken Dreams 185 MARIA DELGADO Performing Exile: María Casares 203 HELENA BUFFERY Ef figies of Return in Spanish Republican Exile Theatre and Performance Cultures 229 Bibliography 249 Index 273

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