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Title: Teatro de urgencia : propaganda theatre in the Republican zone during the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
Author: McCarthy, J.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1997
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The thesis examines the teatro de urgencia which was written to fulfil a variety of civilian and military tasks felt by the Republican authorities to be necessary for the effective prosecution of the Civil War. It attempt to locate teatro de urgencia within the broad spectrum of European political theatre through an introductory survey which traces its debts to the agitational theatre of the Weimar Republic, early Soviet theatre experiments such as the Prolekult and to the indigenous tradition of Spanish social drama. Subsequently, the development of the teatro de urgencia repertoire and its performance is traced in detail in order to offer a thorough account of how theatrical propaganda was conducted during the Civil War and the extent to which it was successful in one of its key aims - that of reaching the pueblo. This involved consideration of actor-audience relationships and, in Chapter Three, an exploration is made which suggests that teatro de urgencia offers evidence of important innovation in this respect. Chapters Four to Seven offer a detailed examination of a wide range of teatro de urgencia texts. These texts, hitherto neglected or lost, have been recovered from archives, libraries and surviving authors. Their discussion is structured so as to offer a comprehensive analysis of the genre. Initially, the portrayal of the Nationalist enemy is examined before an analysis is made of the presentation of a dominant figure of the drama, the Republican soldier. Discussion of the important concepts of civic and military duty is followed by examination of the role of pueblo in the drama. The thesis argues that teatro de urgencia is a neglected aspect of European political theatre and is an unacknowledged contribution to the tradition of popular theatres. An accompanying volume reproduces four typescript plays by Luis Mussot not available elsewhere.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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