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Rodolfo Usigli (Mexico D. F. ) consagro su vida entera al teatro y lucho por dar a conocer al mundo un teatro mexicano, una “”comedia humana””, . El Gesticulador (pieza para demagogos en tres actos) [Rodolfo Usigli, Rex Edward Ballinger] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In his “Primer ensayo hacia una tragedia mexicana”, Rodolfo Usigli El gesticulador”, observes that in writing the play Usigli appears to have pursued two goals.

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Already Usigli introduces themes of doubt, family dispute an Although the actual language is relatively easy to understand and the themes of appearances and self-identification are overtly emphasized, I consider this play to be orberto wonderful insight into the mind of artists during the early to mid twentieth century. Apr 28, Jennifer Johnson rated it it was ok. There is the poor professor whose name is Cesar Rubio and the hero who died gesticulavor the war.

El gesticulador

To me, Usigli uses his characters as symbols of the Mexic I enjoyed reading El gesticulador more than I thought I would.

Rubio claims to be the deceased hero, telling the professor that, disillusioned with the course of the Revolution, he had embraced anonymity until thirty years thereafter. But I would argue that there are in fact three. One thing that stuck out to me was how Usigli addressed the idea of the Mexican “mask.

The revolution destroyed the old order and made room for anyone to be whatever they wanted to be. Articles needing additional references from July All articles needing additional references. Soulecito rated it it was amazing Dec 03, I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading El gesticulador. The work thus became the only play in Mexican history to be censored by the government. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Feb 03, Taylor rated it really liked it.


I read this with a rather snarky voice in mind which I believe heightens the male dominance portrayed throughout the play. In their conversation, each attempts to blackmail the other. I enjoyed reading El gesticulador more than I thought Usugli would. Fue uno de los mexicanos con mayor sentido de universalidad.

I was most interested by the suggestion in the play that one can create an identity, and furthermore a destiny, rooted only in desire. In the second act one of the most interesting dialogue exchanges is between Estrella and Elena in which Estrella says to her “What admirable feminine insight!

I was roherto to connect with him and u Usigli’s book tells the story of one man’s prolonged impersonation of one of the Mexican revolution’s infamous generals, Cesar Rubio. Jul 28, Neal rated it it was amazing. But the play has outlived the scandal and is one of Latin America’s best. As this play was written post-revolution, to me it suggests that Usigili is calling upon the Mexican people and leaders to take responsibility for what happened during the revolution and for their actions.

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wl I truly enjoyed reading Usigli’s play and have already contemplated how it could be staged. Lines about “apariencias” y “gestos” as well as power or deception struck me as repetitive and obvious.

Jan 26, Ivan T. She is so focused on outward appearances that she too contributes to the idea of women being seen but not heard. This page was last edited on 2 Octoberat It is well written and an easy read, but I expected more from the ending. Si crees que no saldremos de este lugar a algo mejor, e equivocas. Oct 02, Dusty rated it it was amazing Recommended to Dusty by: El gesticulador es una de las primeras tragedias hispanoamericanas.


The metaphysics of the overpowering cruelty of the corruption reigning in a non historical Mexican time. Usigli offers a very harsh critique of the Mexican government as well as the Mexican re I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading El gesticulador.

I read this play for Spanish lit class when I was in college. Elena allowed herself to be convinced that what started as a lie in reality became a harmless opportunity for an unlucky man to take hold of his potential. The repetition of her self-loathing demonstrates geshiculador machist I truly enjoyed reading Usigli’s play and have already contemplated how it could be staged.

Not from audiences who loved it but from politicians who probably saw too much of themselves in it and hired writers to publish scathing reviews.

La universalidad de El gesticulador de Rodolfo Usigli: Una lectura brechtiana

Un ciudadano del Teatro. The government cancelled several performances, and writers were hired to severely criticize the performances that were allowed to go on. There are two aforementioned and then there is the man that the professor tries to imitate and become, the politician.

Books by Rodolfo Usigli.

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