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Misticismo y lujuria: The Sacred and the Profane in "Poema del cante jondo"

Rob Stone
Anales de la literatura española contemporánea
Vol. 24, No. 1/2 (1999), pp. 213-226
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27741404
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Abstract

Lorca's experience of Gypsy culture led to his appropriation of cante flamenco as a context for his creativity. Indeed, the creation of Poema del cante jondo is a testament to Lorca's affinity with the existential anguish and subversive eroticism which is apparent in both the lyrical content and performance of deep song. Though it remains the cultural property of a marginalised race, flamenco has become synonymous with Spanish culture as a whole. However, when the style, symbolism, characters and themes of the cante are deconstructed, they reveal a nihilist philosophy whose attitudes to religion and sexuality prove anathema to the doctrine of Catholicism and the affiliated conventions of the society which it ironically represents. An analysis of how Lorca employs the semiological system of flamenco in Poema del cante jondo demonstrates how his own anguished response to his sexual confusion and the censure of Catholicism was contextualised by a belief in this philosophy.

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