El retablo de Maese Federico: Lorca’s Romancero gitano as puppet theatre

Roberts, Stephen G.H. (2012) El retablo de Maese Federico: Lorca’s Romancero gitano as puppet theatre. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 17 (2/3). pp. 195-207. ISSN 1470-1847

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Abstract

This article considers the profound influence that puppet theatre had on Federico García Lorca’s poetic vision and practice at the time that he was writing the poems that would eventually make up the Romancero gitano (1928). Taking the ‘Romance sonámbulo’ as its main example and focusing on elements such as setting, stage space, lighting and décor, characterisation, movement, choreography, and the complicit relationship between puppeteer, character and audience, it shows how Lorca draws on and plays with all the machinery and conventions of puppet theatre in this collection and, to all intents and purposes, transforms each of its poems into a mini puppet play. The article ends by considering the wider consequences for our reading of the Romancero gitano of Lorca’s puppet aesthetic.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies on 5/3/2012, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14701847.2011.637404”
Keywords: Lorca; Romancero gitano; Puppetry; Theatre; Complicity.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14701847.2011.637404
Depositing User: Roberts, Stephen
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 09:19
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2016 20:02
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/30650

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