Son Of Andalusia

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A pathbreaking account of the influence and context of Andalusian life and art in the poetry and drama of Federico Garcia Lorca.

Andalusia was the central feature and influence in the life and writings of the twentieth-century author, musician, and artist, Federico Garcia Lorca. Rooted in his native region, which both captivated and shaped him, Lorca maintained that "The better a writer learns how to interpret the landscape, the greater the artist he will be." Blessed with an acute historical sense of a region where the past is both present and enduring, Lorca proved himself sensitive and articulate enough to interpret "the emotion of the landscape" in all of his creative work.

For Lorca, Andalusia was a landscape not only of place but of people. Through exhaustive research and painstaking readings in a wide range of anthologies of Andalusian folk culture and collections of popular verse, author C. Brian Morris reveals how Lorca transformed and veiled real people and real places in his poetry and drama. Exploring subjects ranging from medieval ballads to flower and plant lore, he further investigates the relationship between Lorca and the writings of other Andalusian-born authors, as well as traditional Andalusian poetry and song. Juxtaposing this material with well-chosen quotations from Lorca's works, Morris provides myriad examples of analogy and reminiscence that will inform and enlighten both general readers and Lorca specialists.

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Editorial Reviews

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This could become the basic book in English on Lorca's plays and poetry and the single most helpful book on Lorca published over the past decade or so.
—Christopher H. Maurer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826512888
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1997
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

A distinguished critic of twentieth-century Spanish literature, C. Brian Morris is the author of several fundamental studies and dozens of articles and monographs in the field of Spanish language, literature, and culture. Among his earlier works are Surrealism and Spain, 1920-1936 (Cambridge, 1972) and This Loving Darkness: The Cinema and Spanish Writers, 1920-1936 (Oxford, 1980).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Andalusia, Andalusians, and Their Poetry 3
1 Ardent Son, Self-Styled King 31
2 Marvelous Granada, Magnificent Vega 63
'I am delirious about Granada' 63
'This is my paradise': Paeans in Prose 83
Granada, Visible and Invisible 92
On Stage and on Trial: Mariana Pineda, Dona Rosita la soltera, La casa de Bernarda Alba 107
3 Libro de poemas (1918-1920): Andalusia Derived 145
4 Poema del cante jondo (1921-1931): Andalusia Displayed 182
'Cante jondo' and Poema del cante jondo: Genre and Genesis 182
The Tapestry of a Tribute 195
Andalusia: Actors and Actions 216
Andalusia: Actors, Settings, and Ceremonies 242
5 Suites (1920-1923) and Canciones (1921-1924): Andalusia Distilled 260
Nobility, Serenity, and Mountain Air 260
Suites: Andalusia in Ellipsis 268
Canciones: Lyrical Serenity 274
6 Romancero gitano (1924-1927): Andalusia Dramatized 310
An Allusive, Elusive Art 310
'A New Beauty' 319
The Legacy of the Nineteenth Century 329
The Vitality of Popular Verse 338
The Historical Dimension 352
A Chosen People 362
'The Unseen Andalusia' 375
An Andalusian Poet in New York - and New York in an Andalusian Poet 389
Notes 413
Glossary of Spanish Terms 446
Bibliography 449
Index of Federico Garcia Lorca's Works Cited in the Text 463
General Index 468
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