Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture

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Spaniards returning home to retire after working abroad, some are foreigners seeking a milder climate for the same reason, and an unknown number are illegal arrivals from the poorer countries of North Africa and Latin America. Spain is no longer an exporter of labour: despite high unemployment, Spaniards are choosing to stay at home.


Further reading

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Fundación FOESSA (1994) V Informe sociológico sobra la situación social de España, Madrid (vol. 1, chapter 2.2 is devoted to ‘Movimientos migratorios en España’ (Migratory Movements in Spain) and contains much information, especially for the 1980s).

C.A.LONGHURST


Miguel, Amando de

b. 1937, Zamora

Sociologist

Studied in Columbia University, New York, and has occupied chairs in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid. A specialist in the structure of Spanish society, his work is greatly influenced by American sociology. Has published more than sixty books, several hundred monographic studies, and more than a thousand articles of various kinds. His 1995 volume La España de nuestros abuelos. Historia íntima de una época (The Spain of our Grandparents: The Intimate History of an Epoch) combines his sociological training with his interest in nine-teenth-century and contemporary Spanish literature. A book which had a considerable impact at the time of its publication was Sociología del franquismo. Análisis ideológico de los ministros del regimen (The Sociology of Francoism: An Ideological Analysis of the Ministers of the Regime) (1975).

ALICIA ALTED


Mihura Santos, Miguel

b. 1905, Madrid; d. 1977, Madrid

Writer

Mihura is considered contemporary Spain’s leading comic playwright. In addition to writing for the stage, he was a director and a screenwriter. During his youth, he worked as an actor but abandoned acting to dedicate himself entirely to writing. Mihura’s first dramatic compositions were written in collaboration with other playwrights of his generation such as Joaquín Calvo Sotelo and Álvaro de Laiglesia. He wrote his first play, Tres sombreros de copa (Three Top Hats), in 1932. It had its début in 1952 and was a commercial success, winning its author critical acclaim. Similar recognition continued in conjunction with subsequent works almost without interruption until 1968, the year of Mihura’s last play, Sólo el amor y la luna traen fortuna (Only Love and the Moon Bring Good Luck) and after which he gave up writing because of failing health. Mihura was awarded the National Theatre Prize three times, in 1953 for Tres sombreros de copa, in 1956 for Mi adorado Juan (My Beloved Juan), and in 1959 for Maribel y la extraña familia (Maribel and the Strange Family). In 1964, he was awarded the prestigious Calderón de la Barca Prize for Ninette y un señor de Murcia (Ninette and a Gentleman from Murcia). In all, Mihura wrote twenty-three plays.

Characteristically described as light-hearted comedy, Mihura’s theatre is not without its transcendental artistic and social significance. In both form and technique, his drama reflects many of the avant-garde trends of the twentieth century. For example, the play within the play that pervades Tres sombreros de copa, and the question of identity in El cast del señor vestido de violeta (The Case of the Gentleman Dressed in Violet) (staged 1954) are metatheatrical devices that call our attention to the phenomenological implications of theatre as a self-referential art. There is also a discernible absurdist vein in Mihura’s theatre. Such is the case in Carlota (staged 1957), where cause and effect are discounted through Mihura’s clever use of language, and in La bella Dorotea (The Fair Dorotea) (1963), where he resorts to the ritual-like use of subplots to undermine audience anticipation and stress the

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction x
  • Acknowledgments xii
  • Structure xiii
  • Architecture xiv
  • A 1
  • Further Reading 7
  • Further Reading 11
  • Further Reading 29
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  • B 44
  • Further Reading 47
  • Further Reading 65
  • C 70
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  • D 135
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  • E 152
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  • F 173
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  • M 313
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  • References 452
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  • U 526
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