Love, Desire and Identity in the Theatre of Federico García Lorca

August 2007
228 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855661462
Format: Hardback
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Love, Desire and Identity in the Theatre of Federico García Lorca

Paul McDermid

Physical desire and metaphysical love in the theatre of Federico García Lorca.
A dialectical tension between physical desire and metaphysical love lies at the heart of the theatre works of Federico García Lorca, and the deployment of queer theory's critique of gender and identity is surprisingly effective in this discussion of love versus desire.
Seldom is enough attention paid to the poet's early works, and so this book offers a timely review of the 'religious tragedy' Cristo, as well as Mariana Pineda, uncovering in these early offerings an explicit proposal of the supremacy of love over desire. A meditation on the fragmentary and challenging El público yields a vivid panorama of identity in crisis, and a paradigmatic Lorcan sacrifice of self for love. The ostensibly more conventional tragedies of Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín and Yerma are also reassessed in terms of self-sacrifice and self-love. The study concludes with an argument for a practical re-reading of La casa de Bernarda Alba, which emphasises how the play might be saved from po-faced realism with music, humour and drag performance.

PAUL McDERMID lectures in Spanish at Queen's University Belfast.

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Table of Contents

Jesus of Love: The Profane Passion and Holy Spirit of the Young Poet's Cristo
Mariana Pineda: Iconic Martyr to Love
The Sacrifice of Identity in Amor de don Perlimplín con Belisa en su Jardín
El Público: Struggling with Identity
!Hijo de mi alma! - Gender Inversion and the Metaphysical Reproduction of the Self in Yerma
Beyond the Outer Walls: Transvestite Masquerade and Transcendent Escape in La casa de Bernada Alba


In this stimulating and cogently argued study, Paul McDermid makes the case for viewing Lorca's theatre within the context of Modernism, in particular the philosophies and writings of Oscar Wilde, whom he describes as 'the patron saint of contemporary queer theory'. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES

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