Rapping for Cervantes, for the Glory of It
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"“Rap in Cervantes” is among the innovative celebrations being held this year to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes. It is a trans-Atlantic occasion, coordinated between two annual theater events — the Almagro Classical Theater Festival in central Spain, and the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato in central Mexico. Guanajuato will repeat the rap competition in October, with the same group of six finalists. The winner here, as in Mexico, picks up 2,000 euros in cash, about $2,200. But many of the artists said they viewed the event not in terms of winning but as an opportunity to bridge street and “high” culture."
"As a cultural expression, “hip-hop and rap have not been properly appreciated, which is what also happened to Cervantes during his own life with a lot of his works,” Natalia Menéndez, the director of the Almagro festival, said in an interview. She suggested one could link Cervantes to rap because of his concerns for social issues like the rights of the working class, rather than focusing on religion and some of the mainstream subjects of his day. For example, Cervantes pushed for the emancipation of women, Ms. Menéndez said, and pointed out the difficulties faced by prostitutes and house servants. He also had “a sense of social justice that had nothing to do with that of his times,” Ms. Menéndez said."
Hm. Not sure about that. Other male authors of the time had useful and pretty damn feminist things to say about women. La Celestina can be feminist as all get-out.
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