1st Edition

Gerardo Diego’s Creation Myth of Music
Fábula de Equis y Zeda

ISBN 9780367416133
Published February 4, 2020 by Routledge
212 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Since its publication nearly eight decades ago, the consensus among scholars about Fábula de Equis y Zeda, by the Spanish poet Gerardo Diego (1896-1987) remains unchanged: Fábula is an enigmatic avant-garde curiosity. It seems to rob the reader of the reason necessary to interpret it, even as it lures him or her ineluctably to the task; nevertheless, the present study makes the case that this work is, in fact, not inaccessible, and that what the anhelante arquitecto, intended with his masterpiece was a creation myth that explains the evolution of music in his day. This monograph unlocks the fullness of the poem´s meaning sourced in music’s mythical consciousness and expressed in a poetic idiom that replicates aesthetic concepts and cubist strategies of form embraced by the neoclassical composers Bartok, Falla, Ravel, and Stravinsky.

Table of Contents


PART I   Foundations of Diego’s Creation Myth

Chapter 1 Three Guiding Questions

Chapter 2 Theory and Criticism

Chapter 3 Manual de espumas as Incubator of Fábula

PART II   Fábula de Equis y Zeda

Chapter 4   The Framework

Chapter 5 "Brindis"

Chapter 6 "Exposición"

Chapter 7 "Amor"

Chapter 8 "Desenlace"


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Judith Stallings-Ward is Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at Norwich University, where she currently serves as Spanish Program director. She received her PhD from Yale University. She specializes in twentieth-century Spanish poetry as well as Cervantes. She has published extensively on the Vermont poems of Federico García Lorca, the inter-art relations in the poetry of Gerardo Diego, Cervantes’s Don Quixote, and the anarchism of Gandhi and Durruti.