Flamenco: Conflicting Histories of the Dance

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This analytical history traces representations of flamenco dance in Spain and abroad from the twentieth century to the present, using histories, film, accounts of live performances, and practitioner interviews.

Beginning with an analysis of flamenco historiography, the text examines images of the female dancer in films by Luis Bunuel, Carlos Saura, and Antonio Gades; stereotypes of flamenco bodies and Andalusian culture in Prosper Merimee's Carmen; and the ways in which contemporary flamenco dancers like Belen Maya and Rocio Molina negotiate the stereotype of Carmen and an idealized Spanish feminine that pervades "traditional" flamenco.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Folklore Research
an informative contribution to the growing field of flamencology. The author offers a unique approach to the field of study
"meticulous...a great book...the quality of the research and investigation of the subject is awesome"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786439232
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dancer, choreographer, and dance scholar Michelle Heffner Hayes is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Flamenco's Exotic Currency 1

1 Desiring Narratives: Flamenco in History and Film 29

Conflicting Histories 29

Origin Points 31

Romantic Excursions 38

La Edad de Oro/The Golden Age 39

Transformation Abroad and Tourism at Home 40

Purity and Preservation 41

The Ideology of Flamenco Histories 43

The Desiring Subject 45

A Choreographic In(ter)vention 48

Film Narrative as a Discourse of Desire 49

2 Purism, Tourism and Lost Innocence 53

Flamenco Bodies: Essence or Effect? 53

International Exposure 56

Model Exotics 57

Paradise Lost 64

The Taint of Tourism 68

3 Imagining Andalusia 75

Divine Inspiration: Origins Reconsidered 75

Passionate Nature: The Academic Appeal of a Universal Humanity 80

Sober Clinicism: Demystifying the Other 84

(Re)discovering the Women in Cante 91

4 Fatal Filmic Flamencas 97

The Spectre of Carmen 97

That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) 98

Marked: The Character of La Novia in Blood Wedding (1981) 101

Carmen Revisited (1983) 109

Love, the Magician (1986) 119

5 Realism Reinvented 123

The Documentary and Nacionalflamenquismo 124

Sevillanas (1992) and Flamenco (1995) 128

Opening Credits (Sevillanas) 129

Opening Credits (Flamenco) 130

The Performances (Sevillanas) 132

The Performances (Flamenco) 134

Sevillanas Flamencas, Sevillanas Gitanas 137

Endings: Sevillanas 140

Endings: Flamenco 141

Flamenco Women (1997) 142

6 Reinterpreting the Exotic 145

Calculated Unruliness 146

Strategic Presence 157

Practiced Spontaneity 159

The Dancing Lesson (Anaheim, California, 1995) 160

The Problem of Improvisation/Giving Up the Ghost 162

Rising from theAshes: Spain's Position in the New World Order 165

7 "Somos Anti-Guapas" - Against Beauty in Contemporary Flamenco 167

Belen Maya 169

Pastora Galvan 173

Rocio Molina 178

Chapter Notes 187

Bibliography 193

Index 197

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