Impossible Theater: Five Plays and Thirteen Poems / Edition 1

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Library Journal
Playwright, scholar, and author Svich (coeditor, Out of the Fringe) presents new English-language translations of five of Lorca's lesser-known plays and 13 poems from his collection Poet in New York. This mix of poetry and drama is singularly appropriate for Lorca, whose dramaturgy has been described by scholar Colin Teevan as "three-dimensional theatrical poetry." Intermixed with the translations of Lorca's work are essays by Svich and other prominent Lorca scholars, who provide insight into the writer's work and its significant influence on 20th-century Spanish and Hispanic writers. The essayists do come across as elitist. Svich herself is highly critical of mainstream American theater for not producing Lorca's plays, but she does not admit to the unreasonableness of subjecting the general public of any culture to what Lorca himself described as "impossible theater." But for the student of experimental theater, this is a useful and perceptive collection of the more obscure works of an important figure in 20th-century literature. Recommended for academic, experimental drama, and literature collections.--Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ., KY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575252285
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168

Table of Contents

Federico Garcia Lorca: An Icon for Every Age viii
Toward an Impossible Theater: An Introduction and Imagined Manifesto xv
Buster Keaton Takes a Walk 1
Chimera 5
The Maiden, the Sailor, and the Student 9
Bicycles, Fishes, and Celluloid Eyes: Avant Garde Strains in Lorca's Work 14
Lorca's The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in the Garden: The Perspectives are Deliciously Wrong 18
The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in the Garden 23
The Blue Horse 46
Poet in New York 49
Some Thoughts on Lorca's As Five Years Pass and the Poetics of Poetic Theater 78
From the Truth of Life to the Life of Truth 84
As Five Years Pass 91
Lorca Celebration at INTAR 143
Looking for Lorca: A Legacy in the Americas 145
Notes on Trip to the Moon 159
Contributors 163
Index 164
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