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Stages of Exile

Spanish Republican Exile Theatre and Performance

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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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MONTSERRAT ROSER I PUIGNostalgia and Exoticism in El ben cofat i l’altre by Josep Carner 145

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MONTSERRAT ROSER I PUIG Nostalgia and Exoticism in El ben cofat i l’altre by Josep Carner Having been active in the Diplomatic service since 1920 and a supporter the Republican cause since its inception, Josep Carner – like many other Catalan intellectuals – emigrated to Mexico in May 1939 with his second wife, Émile Noulet and one of his two sons by his first marriage. This was possible thanks to the help of the Servicio de Evacuación de Republi- canos Españoles (SERE).1 However, unlike most of his fellow exiles, he had already visited Mexico in the 1920s and, fascinated by the place, had decided that he would return at some point (Carner 1929; cited in Coll Llinàs 2004: 16–17). If to this we add the long personal experience of relo- cation acquired through his diplomatic career, it seems fair to assume that compared to many others, and despite the complexity of the circumstances, when Carner returned to Mexico he was ideally placed to make the most of his stay. According to Jaume Subirana: Carner hi arrelarà aviat i desenvoluparà un cert paper en l’acollida i situació dels exiliats catalans que anaren arribant més tard. President de la Junta de Cultura Espa- ñola amb José Bergamín i Juan Larrea, a més de la seva activitat com a professor i com a traductor i editor, a Mèxic Josep Carner amalgamava la comunitat literària catalana exiliada, feia conferències, presidia actes commemoratius patriòtics i...

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