The Catalonian Journey of American Drama 1909-2000
From Jimmy Valentine to The Vagina Monologues

Ramón Espejo

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 59

Legenda

  19 February 2024  •  316pp

ISBN: 978-1-839541-69-8 (hardback)  •  RRP £85, $115, €99

ISBN: 978-1-839541-70-4 (paperback, forthcoming)

ISBN: 978-1-839541-71-1 (JSTOR ebook)

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This book delves into the fascinating journey of American drama in Catalonia, exploring how the theatrical output of a world superpower has impacted (and transformed) the stages of an allegedly minor actor in the cultural scene of the 20th century. Yet, while Catalonia is the birthplace of such geniuses as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí or Antoni Gaudí, it is also that of playwrights Joan Brossa, Manuel de Pedrolo, Fermín Cabal or Jordi Galcerán, among others. All of them grew up in, and imbibed, a theatrescape in which American borrowings were not only habitual (often the only foreign plays around) but inspiring and groundbreaking. If Alias Jimmy Valentine re-defined theatrical decorum in Catalonia in the early 1900s, The Vagina Monologues, in the 1990s, challenged prevalent sexual taboos. Throughout the 20th century, Catalonia went from a peripheral, marginalized region of a once vast empire to a booming and largely autonomous centre of culture, recognized all over the world and admired for its uniqueness and original artistic contributions. American plays accompanied, and often directly inspired, such a journey.

Ramón Espejo is a Professor of American Literature at the University of Seville, Spain, and is one of the leading American drama and theatre scholars in Europe.

Bibliography entry:

Espejo, Ramón, The Catalonian Journey of American Drama 1909-2000: From Jimmy Valentine to The Vagina Monologues, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 59 (Legenda, 2024)

First footnote reference: 35 Ramón Espejo, The Catalonian Journey of American Drama 1909-2000: From Jimmy Valentine to The Vagina Monologues, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 59 (Legenda, 2024), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Espejo, p. 47.

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Espejo, Ramón. 2024. The Catalonian Journey of American Drama 1909-2000: From Jimmy Valentine to The Vagina Monologues, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 59 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Espejo 2024: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Espejo 2024: 21.

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