Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation


Arts and Sciences


Hispanic Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Ana Rueda


My dissertation examines representations of nationalism in Peninsular and Latin American literary works from the 19th and 20th centuries, and sets them in dialogue with their respective adaptations to dance created and designed for a contemporary audience. It analyzes novels by Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda (Cuba) and Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (Spain), a drama by Federico García Lorca (Spain), a poem by Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), and compares them to the choreographies composed by Reinaldo Echemendía (Cuba), Léonide Massine (Russia), Antonio Gades (Spain) and Nuria Aparicio (Spain) respectively. My study identifies elements of the language of dance in these adaptations that convey a representation of national identity that is more in line with the contemporary period. Seen through the lens of folklore, gender representation and popular culture in the performing arts, these choreographies differ significantly from the literary works and the historical contexts in which they were created.

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