Academic journal article Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Federico García Lorca Y El Grupo De la Revista Gallo: La Vanguardia Literaria En la Granada De Los Años Veinte

Academic journal article Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Federico García Lorca Y El Grupo De la Revista Gallo: La Vanguardia Literaria En la Granada De Los Años Veinte

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NICOLÁS ANTONIO FERNÁNDEZ, Federico Garcia Lorca y el grupo de la revista gallo: La vanguardia literaria en la Granada de los años veinte. Granada: Diputación de Granada. 2012. 707 pp. ISBN 978-84-7807-511-9.

As the first critical monograph on gallo, the journal directed by Federico Garcia Lorca, Fernandez's book fills an important gap in Lorca scholarship. The poet worked on gallo intermittently from 1926 to 1928; its two issues came out in March and April 1928, along with the satirical magazine Pavo, published immediately after gallo's first issue. While exhibition catalogues and articles have previously chronicled gallo's production, Fernández brings together information on the cultural context that influenced the journal, its contents, the ups and downs in the production process and the gallistas themselves - the cast of characters dedicated to both Lorca and the journal. This book also contributes new archival material from the personal files of Enrique Mateos Almoguera, the author's great uncle and a secondary member of the gallo group.

The book is divided into five main parts. The first and longest section outlines both the gallo group's predecessors and influences in Granada-the Rinconcillo tertulia, local journals and magazines - and details who the gallistas were and the local culture that surrounded them. A brief section also describes external Spanish influences outside Granada. The second section focuses on the first issue of gallo, examining the developmental stages of the journal, the articles, drawings and advertisements published in the issue and critical reactions to it. Also included is an assessment of the first and only edition of Pavo. In the third section, Fernández analyses gallo's second and final issue, as well as the never-produced third instalment. The fourth section, a brief epilogue, considers the influence that gallo and its collaborators had on Lorca by examining drawings, photographs and texts Lorca left to members of the group. An extensive appendix includes unpublished materials from the Mateos archive, including a 1926 typewritten copy of Lorca's lecture 'La imagen poética en don Luis de Góngora'; and an anonymous satirical poem written in mocking alejandrinos to chronicle the 1928 Granada performances of several autos sacramentales that Fernández conjectures was intended for publication in a second, unpublished issue of Pavo. …

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