Dialogos con la censura: El enantiomorfismo teatral durante el franquismo

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Gema Perez-Sanchez - Committee Chair


The aim of this dissertation is to examine the relevance of theatrical discourse in conjunction with censorship under Franco's regime in Spain. I posit that a particular kind of theater was created, which forms dialogues with the institutionalized censorship of this period. For this purpose, I establish "genetic" relationships between published texts and censored manuscripts.The "enantiomorphism" proposed for the analysis follows Iuri Lotman's semiotic postulates on the subject, as I examine particular plays which I claim become non-superimposable mirror images ("enantiomers") of the society they criticize. I claim that whilst many of the plays decontextualized the setting established by their authors, the "historical" character is maintained by the eruption of "chronotopic" elements which can be set in Spain at the time of the representation, be it hymns, military salutes, and other forms of non-dialogic elements of representation.My main purpose is to explore the renegotiations of playwrights with the censorship regulations imposed on them, as I pay particular attention to the function of metalanguage in these dramas. Although previous criticism of Spanish drama of this period (both in published articles and books, and in unpublished dissertations) has contributed much that is valuable, the overall aim of my research is to call attention to the recontextualization of the canon in the light of archival research, which will help us to better understand theater production and cultural politics during the Franco years and the genealogy of the texts we know today.


Literature, Modern; Literature, Romance; Theater

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