Painting on Stage: Visual Art in Twentieth-Century Spanish Theater

Painting on Stage: Visual Art in Twentieth-Century Spanish Theater

Painting on Stage: Visual Art in Twentieth-Century Spanish Theater

Painting on Stage: Visual Art in Twentieth-Century Spanish Theater

Synopsis

Painting on Stage is the first full-length study of image-text relations in the twentieth-century Spanish theater. It examines a series of dramas that express the theatrical tension between images and verbal language through their interrogation of the visual arts. Written by central dramatists of the twentieth century (Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Rafael Alberti, Antonio Buero Vallejo, Fernando Arrabal, Jerónimo López Mozo, Francisco Torres Monreal, and Paloma Pedrero), each drama "stages" a painting or series of paintings and, in so doing, stages a central tension inherent in all theater and predominant in twentieth-century plastic art, that is, the tension between visual images and language.

Elizabeth Drumm is Associate Professor of Spanish and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish literature, Spanish language courses, and in the college's Humanities program. She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. Her work on the relationship between language and visual images in the theater has appeared in Anales de la literature española contemporánea, the Revista de estudios hispánicos, and Theatralia. Her research interests include performance theory, transgeneric conceptions of theater, and the role of cultural memory in contemporary theater. Her current projects concern Ramón del Valle-Inclán's visual aesthetics in his dramatic texts and La lámpara maravillosa, and the influence of Henri Bergson in early twentieth-century Spanish literature.

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