Mariana Pineda's Struggle against Censorship

Sánchez, Diego Santos
December 2011
Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1475-3839);2011, Vol. 88 Issue 8, p931
Academic Journal
This paper explores the genesis of Mariana Pineda and the problems of staging it. Lorca's insistence that this play was not political did not prevent the text from being judged as such. An overview of attempts to stage the play in Primo de Rivera's Spain, the Republic, the Civil War, and during the Franco years will be followed by a more detailed study of the last period with a focus on records of censorship concerning this text. The study of these records will shed light on the complex relationship that Francoism had with Lorca as a literary figure, and on how this would determine the ban on this politically innocuous and utterly poetic play.En el presente artículo se hace una presentación de la génesis de Mariana Pineda, obra a la que su autor nunca trató de aplicar contenido político alguno, y de los problemas que tuvo para ser puesta en escena. El recorrido incluye los intentos de representación de la obra en la España de Primo de Rivera, la República, la Guerra Civil y el Franquismo, para concentrarse más en esta última etapa y en la problemática relación de la obra con las autoridades censoras. A través de los expedientes de censura se descubre cuál es la compleja relación de la figura de Lorca con la dictadura y cómo ésta determina la prohibición de la obra, cuyo contenido poético era del todo inocuo.


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