Theatre & Dance ETDs

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The nationalist regime of General Francisco Franco (1936-1975) dramatically and forcefully reshaped every element of Spanish culture including dance and flamenco. Many flamencologists derisively refer to the resulting product of this system as nacionalflamenquismo or national-flamencoism. The bureaucratic mechanics that created nacionalflamenquismo evolved throughout the first three decades of the regime to fit with changing economic and political realities. As Spain re-entered the global community following its Civil War (1936-1939), flamenco and Spanish dance proved useful tools for international public relations as well as domestic propaganda. By discerning the various factors that linked the art of flamenco to the political and economic fate of its country of origin, a more complete understanding of how art and politics affect each other develops and the symbolic power of dance in this equation becomes apparent. This thesis utilizes archival resources from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information and Tourism archives in the Archivo General de la Administración in Alcalá de Henares, Spain.

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Theatre & Dance

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Department Name

Theatre & Dance

First Advisor

Santos Newhall, Mary Anne

First Committee Member (Chair)

Santos Newhall, Mary Anne

Second Committee Member

Encinias-Sandoval, Eva

Third Committee Member

Encinias, Marisol

Fourth Committee Member

Williams, Gretchen


Department of Theatre and Dance, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Office of Graduate Studies




Flamenco, Fascism, Dance, Censorship, Tourism

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