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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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Contributors Manuel Aznar Soler is the director of GEXEL at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and is the foremost expert on Spanish Republi- can exile writing. Helena Buf fery lectures and researches on contemporary Hispanic culture at University College Cork. Maria Delgado is Professor of Drama and Film at Queen Mary, Uni- versity of London. Nigel Dennis is Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of St Andrews. David García Vidal teaches at the University of Birmingham and recently completed a doctoral thesis on contemporary Galician theatre. Samuel Llano is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge. Laura Lonsdale is a Lecturer and College Tutorial Fellow at the Queen’s College, Oxford. Francisca Montiel is a member of GEXEL and has published widely on Spanish Republican exile writing. Maria Josep Ragué Arias is Professor of Theatre at the Universitat de Barcelona. viii Contributors Montserrat Roser i Puig lectures and researches on contemporary Catalan and Spanish theatre at the University of Kent at Canterbury. José Ángel Sainz is an associate professor at the University of Mary Washington and has published widely on Spanish exile writing. Duncan Wheeler is a lecturer at the University of Leeds and researches and publishes on Hispanic theatre, music and film.

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