Elisabeth Le Guin

in The Tonadilla in Performance

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2013 | ISBN: 9780520276307
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780520956902 | DOI:

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The “Spanish bandit” is another reductive and frequently stereotypical idea with a very long history; this chapter explores that idea as social reality and cultural currency. The seventeenth-century comic theatrical tradition of the jácara, a satirical poem celebrating the exploits of such characters, was carried forward in the tonadillas; it represents a peculiar corner of the bandoleros’ large literary and dramatic domain in that it does not take this durable icon of Spanish male identity seriously.

Keywords: bandits; bandoleros; bandoleras; jaques; jácaras; majismo; improvisation; performance; María Ladvenant; Chinita; Blas de Laserna; Manuel García

Chapter.  18495 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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