Allegories of dissent : the theater of Agustín Gómez-Arcos /
Sharon G. Feldman.
Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1998.
303 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0838753779 (alk. paper)
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Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1998.
0838753779 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-297) and index.
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Feldman (Univ. of Kansas) has produced the first book devoted to the plays of Agustin Gomez-Arcos (1933-99), an exile from fascist Spain who spent much of his life in France and did much of his writing in French. The initial part of the book presents what the author calls "a bio-bibliographical profile that navigates Gomez-Arcos's . . . plays and novels, maps out . . . his literary career, and proposes a framework for the treatment of postmodern allegory." The subsequent three parts provide in-depth analyses of what Feldman considers Gomez-Arcos's seven most significant plays in Spanish. The author is particularly adept in interpreting the affect of Gomez-Arcos's long exile on his literary production and in discussing censorship issues and the dramatist's Spanish/French bilingualism. She includes two appendixes, one covering premieres and performances of the author's plays, a second a revealing interview she had with the playwright in 1990. Trenchant, well-documented, and unique as the sole scholarly treatment of a victim of franquista censorship and meddling, this book belongs in the library of any institution seriously interested in 20th-century Spanish (and European) literature. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. R. B. Klein University of Mississippi
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Unpaid Annotation
This book is a case study of the relationship between art and oppression. It is the first book devoted to Gomez-Arcos, a member of a "lost" generation of Spanish dramatists who were silenced during the Franco era. It addresses three crucial issues that define both his literature and his life: censorship, exile, and bilingualism.
Table of Contents
Preface: Of Absence, Memory, and Rediscoveryp. 9
List of Abbreviationsp. 17
From Censorship to Exile to Bilingualismp. 23
A Poetics of Expanse and Enclosure: The Allegorical Way of Seeingp. 42
Spectacles of Sacrifice
Dialogos de la herejia (1962 / 1980)p. 55
Los gatos (1965 / 1992)p. 75
Allegory and the Absurd
Mil y un mesias (1966)p. 99
Queridos mios, es preciso contaros ciertas cosas (1966 / 1994)p. 115
The Language of Exile
Adorado Alberto (1968 / 1969)p. 143
Pre-papa (1969)p. 165
Sanctifying the Scatological and Debasing the Divine
Interview de Mrs. Muerta Smith por sus fantasmas (1972 / 1991)p. 187
Epiloguep. 204
Premieres and Performancesp. 207
Interview: Agustin Gomez-Arcos in New Yorkp. 212
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 299
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