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

Roberts, Stephen G.H.

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Stephen G.H. Roberts stephen.roberts@nottingham.ac.uk



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 5, 2012
Journal Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies
Print ISSN 1470-1847
Electronic ISSN 1470-1847
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 2/3
Institution Citation Roberts, S. G. (2012). El retablo de Maese Federico: Lorca’s Romancero gitano as puppet theatre. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 17(2/3), doi:10.1080/14701847.2011.637404
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14701847.2011.637404
Keywords Lorca; Romancero gitano; Puppetry; Theatre; Complicity.
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14701847.2011.637404
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
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....80/14701847.2011.637404

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