Lorca, Bunuel, Dali: Art and Theory

By Manuel Delgado Morales; Alice J. Poust | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Lorca beside Artaud:
Parallel Developments
of a Modernist Mise-en-Scene

C. Christopher Soufas Jr.

Tulane University

ALTHOUGH there has been little suggestion that either FederAico García Lorca or Antonin Artaud may have overtly influenced the other (though Lorca may have been aware of Artaud's writing), these dramatists develop quite similar ideas of theater during the early 1930s that advance the movement toward reform begun earlier in the century. Pioneering efforts by stage innovators such as Constantin Stanislavski, Luigi Pirandello, and Bertold Brecht, among others, that bring greater professionalism to the stage primarily by means of their advocacy of an expanded directorial function (that barely existed at the beginning of the twentieth century), are seconded more than a decade later by Artaud and Lorca with an intensified emphasis on performance/audience dynamics. Artaud's notion of a “theater of cruelty,” which demands maximum audience involvement in the performance, finds a strong resonance in Lorca's dramatic texts and other writings. Although his exploration of stage/audience relationships is central in experimental plays like El público and Comedia sin título, Lorca also integrates these insights into his commercial theater. In spite of the fact that Artaud remains influential as a primary source even today, his own attempts at stage direction met with failure. Lorca, however, was able to achieve considerable stage authority during his lifetime by instituting strategies that to a considerable degree parallel and complement Artaudian concepts. Thus, it will be useful to examine Lorca beside Artaud in order to underscore his significant theoretical and practical contribution to modernist theater reform in Europe.

Although there is a tendency to look upon early reform efforts as largely homogeneous and complementary, there are significant differences among prominent earlier innovators and the slightly

-191-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Lorca, Bunuel, Dali: Art and Theory
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 200

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?