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Towards a Foucauldian Exegesis of Act v of García Lorca's "El público"

Carlos Jerez-Farrán
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 95, No. 3 (Jul., 2000), pp. 728-743
DOI: 10.2307/3735499
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3735499
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Abstract

The fifth act of García Lorca's "El Público" deals with the protest provoked by the Stage Director's revolutionary version of "Romeo and Juliet," when it is discovered that the actor's costumes are not concomitant to the sexual identity of their wearers. The revolution gives rise to a counter discourse that contains some of the most subtle, yet caustic, criticism Lorca expressed on society's view on homosexuality. An analysis of this act reveals that the play should be read not only as emblematic of the modernist literary discourse Lorca was developing so adeptly, but also as a self-dramatization of the author's impossibility to develop within a social system that made the homosexual subjectivity a bizarre mixture of pain, censure, invisibility, and frustration.

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