It's always good to be able to announce the books which come from the winners of the annual thesis prize of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland. This is that time again, and we're proud to present Jade Boyd's new book as forthcoming: The Experience of Colour in Lorca's Theatre, which will be volume 54 in Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures. (And see also Delphi May's Hybrid Acts, number 55.)
As any publisher of Humanities books can tell you, Lorca was a visual artist as well as a writer: many studies of his poetry and plays have those boldly loopy pencil drawings of his on the front. But ours does not. For all that he enjoyed those cartoons, Lorca was not in the end the sort of writer who lived in a monochrome world of typing paper and HB pencils. His was a theatrical imagination, and he wrote for spectacle and costuming and painted stage-sets. Colour is an underappreciated part of Lorca's aesthetic: well, Jade hopes to put that right.
As trailed above, our cover will not be a Lorca sketch. Instead it's a contemporary work, by the artist Steve Johnson.
The Experience of Colour in Lorca's Theatre is due out in our Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures series in 2022.