Gerardo Diego’s Creation Myth of Music: Fábula de Equis y Zeda, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Gerardo Diego’s Creation Myth of Music

Fábula de Equis y Zeda, 1st Edition

By Judith Stallings-Ward


232 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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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"


About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Spanish & Portuguese
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century
MUSIC / General