‘Preciosa, Run Preciosa!’: Lorca Reads Cervantes

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In this essay I examine a case of intertextuality in which Lorca refers to Cervantes. In Cervantes’ novella La gitanilla (1613) Lorca identified two themes with which he engaged creatively in his early work, the feminine and the figure of the Gypsy; themes that in Cervantes are moulded into a single character—Preciosa, to become the quintessential Gypsy of Spanish literature. In the romance Preciosa y el aire from Romancero Gitano (1928) Lorca took the mythical Gypsy girl and created a new myth, without ‘destroying’ or ‘murdering’ the parent text, a move that I will characterize as ‘activist poetics’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1305-1331
Number of pages27
JournalBulletin of Spanish Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - 13 Sep 2020

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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