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Giménez Caballero's Fractured Fairy Tale: “El Redentor mal parido” (1926)

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In the Madrid of the 1920s and 30s, Ernesto Giménez Caballero (1899-1988) earned his reputation as a fearless, if idiosyncratic, proponent of the avantgarde. He founded Spain's first Cinema Club, edited the forward-looking journal La Gaceta Literaria, wrote creative and journalistic prose, and even took a turn as a graphic designer and amateur filmmaker. But whereas his some of his peers aimed to eschew “traditional” Spanish topoi in favor of airplanes and Charlie Chaplin, Giménez Caballero considered himself a “folkorista.” Rather than forswearing his interests—bullfighting, rural life, Catholic ritual and dogma—he simply began viewing them through a vanguard lens. In “El Redentor mal parido,” he turned his skewed gaze towards Spanish popular religion. The resulting text both shocks and amuses with its recasting of familiar Biblical figures and events.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2010

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