García Lorca at the Edge of Surrealism: The Aesthetics of Anguish

García Lorca at the Edge of Surrealism: The Aesthetics of Anguish

David F. Richter


García Lorca on the fringe of Surrealism: The Aesthetics of Anguish examines the diversities of surrealism and surrealist theories within the Spanish context, studied throughout the poetry, drama, and drawings of Federico García Lorca (1898–1936). unlike the idealist and unconscious tenets espoused by way of surrealist chief André Breton, which concentrate on the really good, automated artistic approaches, and sublimated depictions of fact, Lorca’s surrealist impulse follows a trajectory extra in keeping with the theories of French intellectuals comparable to Georges Bataille (1897–1962), who was once expelled from Breton’s authoritative workforce. Bataille evaluations the lofty ambitions and beliefs of Bretonian surrealism within the pages of the cultural and anthropological evaluation Documents (1929–1930) when it comes to a dissident surrealist ethno-poetics. This model of the surreal underscores the superiority of the grim or darker points of fact: drawback, primitive sacrifice, the loss of life force, and the violent illustration of lifestyles portrayed via formless base topic akin to blood, excrement, and fragmented bodies.

The current learn demonstrates that Bataille’s theoretical and poetic expositions, together with these facing l’informe (the formless) and the somber vacancy of the void, have interaction the trauma and anxiousness of surrealist expression in Spain, fairly just about the discomfort, hope, and demise that determine so prominently in Spanish texts of the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties frequently certified as “surrealist.” Drawing widely at the theoretical, cultural, and poetic texts of the interval, García Lorca on the fringe of Surrealism bargains the 1st book-length attention of Bataille’s considering in the Spanish context, tested in the course of the paintings of Lorca, a unique proponent of what's the following known as a dissident Spanish surrealism. by means of analyzing Lorca’s “surrealist” texts (including Poetaen Nueva York,Viaje a l. a. luna, and El público) throughout the Bataillean lens, this quantity either amplifies our figuring out of the poetry and drama of 1 of an important Spanish writers of the 20 th century and expands our viewpoint of what surrealism in Spain means.

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