"Postmodern Lorca: Motherwell, Strayhorn, García Montero", By Jonathan Mayhew

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
The University of Iowa
116 Art Building West
Iowa City, IA 52240

In his talk, Mayhew will analyze three case studies that might have been included in his acclaimed book Apocryphal Lorca: Translation, Parody, Kitsch (University of Chicago Press, 2009). Robert Motherwell’s series of paintings “Elegy for the Spanish Republic” is a serial repetition of a single motif derived from Lorca’s “Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías.” Billy Strayhorn, best known for his collaborations with Duke Ellington, set some texts for a production of Lorca’s Los amores de don Perlimplín y Belisa en su jardín. Finally, the contemporary Spanish poet Luis García Montero positions himself as a Lorquian poet while rejecting Lorca’s modernism. Mayhew’s point is not that these re-visionings of Lorca are kitsch in the negative sense of the term, but that they rely on the possibility of a repetition that reframes Lorca for the postmodern age in which the only way to be Lorquian is through parodic repetition or displacement.