Federico García Lorca (Himself)

Jonathan Mayhew

in Apocryphal Lorca

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226512037
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226512051 | DOI:
Federico García Lorca (Himself)

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This chapter sketches a portrait of Lorca as a charismatic, protean, and enigmatic authorial figure. It establishes an implicit point of comparison with the Americanized Lorca that dominates the rest of the book. It presents a Lorca that has a greater intellectual capacity and a more highly developed literary culture than the mythic stereotype allows for. Incomplete or misleading views of Lorca have their roots in romantic ideas of poetic genius, and in stereotypes of Andalusian culture left over from European constructions of romantic Spain, often filtered through the popular writings of Ernest Hemingway.

Keywords: Federico García Lorca; literary culture; poetic genius; Andalusian culture; Ernest Hemingway

Chapter.  7719 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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