flamenco bibliography

The following publications are a variety of sources for those undertaking flamenco research or just having a general interest. They are primarily written in English (or English translations), which is a growing but still relatively small body of publications. This is a work in progress; I will be continuously adding to this list, and one day I might include annotations to give a better idea of what each source offers. They are in alphabetical order (by the author's last name) and in separate sections (books [or chapters therein], articles, dissertations, and videos). If you are interested in online resources, flamenco websites can be found here.

And, if you have any to add, please let me know.

Books (and chapters therein)

Albaicín, Flora, and Alfonso Puig Claramunt. 1977. El arte del baile flamenco. Barcelona: Ediciones Polígrafa, S.A.

Alonso, Antonio Carrillo. 1978. El cante flamenco como expresión y liberación: Las coplas gitano-andaluzas, una biografía colectiva. Almería: Cajal.

Baltanás, Enrique. 1992. Alcalá, copla y compás: Coplas de son nazareno. Sevilla, Fundación Machado.
———. 2002. "The Fatigue of the Nation Flamenco as the Basics of Heretical Identities." In Songs of the Minotaur - Hybridity and Popular Music in the Era of Globalization, edited by Gerhard Steingress, 139-165. Münster: Lit Verlag.

Bennahum, Ninotchka. 2000. Antonia Merce. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.
———. 2013. Carmen, a Gypsy Geography. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

Bennahum, Ninotchka, and K. Meira Goldberg. 2013. 100 Years of Flamenco in New York City. New York: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Goldberg K. Meira, Ninotchka D. Bennahum, and Michelle Heffner Hayes, eds. 2015. Flamenco on the Global Stage: Historical, Critical and Theoretical Perspectives. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Chávez, Nicolasa. 2015. The Spirit of Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press.

Chuse, Loren. 2003. The Cantaoras: Music, Gender, and Identity in Flamenco Song. New York: Routledge.

Climent, Anselmo Gonzalez. 2007. Flamencología: Toros, cante y baile. 4th ed. Córdoba: Ayuntamiento de Córdoba.

Cruces-Roldán, Cristina. 2002. Antropología y flamenco: Más allá de la música (I): Sociabilidad, transmissión y patrimonio. Sevilla: Signatura Ediciones de Andalucía.
———. 2003. Antropología y flamenco: Más allá de la música (II): Identidad, género y trabajo. Sevilla: Signatura Ediciones de Andalucía.

Ede, Yolanda Van. 2014. “Sounding Contestation, Silent Suppression, Cosmopolitics and Gender in Japanese Flamenco.” In Dance Ethnography and Global Perspectives: Identity, Embodiment and Culture, edited by Linda E. Dankworth and Ann R. David. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Garcia Matos, Manuel. 1987. Sobre el flamenco: Estudios y notas. Madrid: Cinterco.

Grande, Félix. 2007. Memoria del flamenco. Madrid: Punto de Lectura.

Haas, Ken. 2000. Flamenco! Text by Gwynne Edwards. London: Thames & Hudson.

Harrold, Robert, and Helen Wingrave. 1972. Spanish Dancing: A Handbook on Steps, Style, Castanets and Dancing. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK: Planned Action Limited.

Hayes, Michelle Heffner. 2009. Flamenco: Conflicting Histories of the Dance. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.
———. 2012. "Flamenco: Music, Movement and Meaning." In The Living Dance: An Anthology of Essays on Movement & Culture, edited by Judith Bennahum and Ninotchka Bennahum. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Hecht, Paul. 1968. The Wind Cried: An American's Discovery of the World of Flamenco. New York: The Dial Press, Inc.

Labajo, Joaquina. 2003. "Body and Voice: The Construction of Gender in Flamenco." In Music and Gender: Perspectives from the Mediterranean, edited by Tullia Magrini, 67–86. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Leblon, Bernard. 2003. Gypsies and Flamenco: The Emergence of the Art of Flamenco in Andalusia. Translated by Sinead ni Shuinear. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press.

Martínez, Emma. 2003. Flamenco …All You Wanted to Know. Pacific, MO: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.

Mitchell, Timothy. 1994. Flamenco Deep Song. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Pohren, Donn E. [1980] 1999. A Way of Life. 2nd ed. Westport, CT: The Bold Strummer, Ltd.
———. [1964] 1988. Lives and Legends of Flamenco: A Biographical History. 2nd ed. Spain: Society of Spanish Studies.
———. [1962] 2005. The Art of Flamenco. 6th ed. Westport, CT: The Bold Strummer, Ltd.

Ruiz, Manuel Ríos. 1972. Introduccíon al cante flamenco: Aproximaciones a la historia y las formas de un arte gitano-andaluz. Madrid: Ediciones.

Serrano, Juan, and Jose Elgorriaga. 1990. Flamenco, Body and Soul: An Aficionado's Introduction. Fresno, CA: The Press at California State University.

Schreiner, Claus, ed. 1990. Flamenco: Gypsy Dance and Music from Andalusia. Translated by Mollie Comerford Peters. Portland: Amadeus Press.

Steingress, Gerhard. 2007. Flamenco postmoderno: Entre tradición y heterodoxia: Un diagnóstico sociomusicológico. Sevilla: Signatura Ediciones.
———. 2009. Sociologia del cante flamenco. Sevilla: Signatura Ediciones de Andalucía.
———, ed. 2002. Songs of the Minotaur: Hybridity and Popular Music in the Era of Globalization. Hamburg-London: Münster.

Steingress, Gerhard, and Enrique Baltanás, eds. 1998. Flamenco y Nacionalismo: Aportaciones para una sociología política del flamenco: Actas del I y II Seminario Teórico sobre arte, mentalidad e identidad colectiva. Seville: Fundacion Machado.

Thiel-Cramér, Barbara. 1991. Flamenco: The Art of Flamenco, Its History and Development Until Our Days. Translated by Sheila Smith. Sweden: Remark AB.

Totton, Robin. 2003. Songs of the Outcasts: An Introduction to Flamenco. Portland: Amadeus Press.

Vega, José Blas, and Ríos Ruiz. 1990. Diccionario enciclopédico ilustrado del flamenco. Madrid: Editorial Cincertco, S.L.

Vega de Triana, Rita. 1993. Antonia Triana and the Spanish Dance: A Personal Recollection. Chur, Switzerland: Harwood Academic Publishers.

Washabaugh, William. 1998. "Flamenco de ida y vuelta el nuevo orden mundial." In Flamenco y Nacionalismo, edited by Gerhard Steingress and Enrique Baltanas, 239–45. Sevilla: Fundacion Machado.
———. 2010. "Flamenco Leaning Forward." In Flamenco Project, edited by Steve Kahn. Sevilla: Cajasol.
———. 1996. Flamenco: Passion, Politics and Popular Culture. Oxford: Berg.
———. 2012. Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spain. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
———. 1998. "La invención del 'Cante Gitano.'" In Flamenco y Nacionalismo, edited by Gerhard Steingress and Enrique Baltanas, 59–70. Sevilla: Fundacion Machado.
———, ed. 1998. The Passion of Music and Dance: Body Gender and Sexuality. Oxford: Berg.

Woodall, James. 1992. In Search of the Firedance: Spain Through Flamenco. London: Sinclair-Stevenson.

Articles, Papers, and Conferences

Aoyama, Yuka. 2009. "Artists, Tourists, and the State: Cultural Tourism and the Flamenco Industry in Andalusia, Spain." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 33 (1): 80–104.
———. 2015. “Cultural Survival as a Geographic Paradox: The Case of Flamenco.” In Global Movements: Dance, Place, and Hybridity, edited by Olaf Kuhlke and Adam Pine. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
———. 2007. "The Role of Consumption and Globalization in a Cultural Industry: The Case of Flamenco." Geoforum 38 (1): 103–13.

Bahl, Seema. 2015. "Disability, Hybridity, and Flamenco Cante." Women, Gender, and Families of Color 3 (1): 1–18.

Casas-Mas, Amalia, Juan Ignacio Pozo, and Ignacio Montero. 2014. "The Influence of Music Learning Cultures on the Construction of Teaching-Learning Conceptions." British Journal of Music Education 31 (3): 319–42.

Casellas, Milagros López-Peláez. 2014. “Imagined Communities and Gypsy Stereotypes: The Spanish Film ‘Alma Gitana’ by Chus Gutierrez.” International Journal of Literary Humanities 11 (2): 27–35.

Chuse, Loren. 1999. "Nuevo Flamenco: Embracing the Past/Reclaiming the Future." Paper presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology 44th Annual Meeting, University of Texas, Austin, November 18–21.

Dumas, Tony. 2010. "(Re)Locating Flamenco: A Northern California Case Study." Ethnomusicology Review 15. http://ethnomusicologyreview.ucla.edu/journal/volume/15/piece/474 (accessed 5 September 2012).

Ede, Yolanda Van. 2014. "Japanized Flamenco: Sensory Shifts in a Transcultural Relocation of a Dance Genre." Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices 6 (1): 61–74.

"Españoles, indios, africanos y gitanos. El alcance global del fandango en música, canto y danza." 2015. Música oral del Sur: revista internacional 12. http://www.centrodedocumentacionmusicaldeandalucia.es/opencms/documentacion/revistas/revistas-mos/musica-oral-del-sur-n12.html.

Flores, Eva Ordóñez. 2008. "Dance Improvisation Rules and Practice in the Cuadro Flamenco." The World of Music 50 (1): 33–47.

Goldberg, K. Meira. 1991. “A ‘Heart of Darkness’ in the New World: Carmen Amaya’s Flamenco Dance in South American Vaudeville.” Dance in Hispanic Cultures: Proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference.
———. 1987. “Carmen Amaya Wore Pants: Flamenco as a Forum for Cross-gender Identification in Spanish Gypsy Culture.” Progress & Possibilities: CORD Annual Conference, 1987:271–86.
———. 2014. “Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco.” Dance Chronicle 37 (1): 85–113.

Hellier-Tinoco, Ruth. 2014. “Constructing ‘Old Spanish Days, Inc.’ in Santa Barbara, California, USA: Flamenco vs. Mexican Ballet Folklórico.” Congress on Research in Dance Conference Proceedings, 2014:91–8.

Llamas, Susana Asensio. 2004. "El imaginario flamenco americano: Aura y Kitsch en la escena transnacional." Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares 58 (2): 145–60.
———. 2005. "El imaginario flamenco americano en sus Primeras Literaturas: New York 1930-1970." Música Oral del Sur 6:21–35.

Machin-Autenrieth, Matthew. 2015. “Flamenco ¿Algo Nuestro? (Something of Ours?): Music, Regionalism and Political Geography in Andalusia, Spain.” Ethnomusicology Forum 24 (1): 4–27.

Malefyt, Timothy Dwight deWaal. 1998. "'Inside' and 'Outside' Spanish Flamenco: Gender Constructions in Andalusian Concepts of Flamenco Tradition." Anthropology Quarterly 71 (2): 63–73.

Manuel, Peter. 1989. "Andalusian, Gypsy, and Class Identity in the Contemporary Flamenco Complex." Ethnomusicology 33 (1):47–65.
———. 2010. "Composition, Authorship, and Ownership in Flamenco, Past and Present." Ethnomusicology 54 (1):106–34.
———. 1986. "Evolution and Structure in Flamenco Harmony." Current Musicology 42:46–57.
———. 2006. "Flamenco in Focus: An Analysis of a Performance of Soleares." In Analytical Studies in World Music, edited by Michael Tenzer, 92-119. New York: Oxford University Press.
———. 2004. "The Guajira Between Cuba and Spain: A Study in Continuity and Change." Latin American Music Review 25 (2): 137–62.

Matteucci, Xavier. 2014. “Forms of Body Usage in Tourists’ Experiences of Flamenco.” Annals of Tourism Research 46:29–43.

"Spaniards, Indians, Africans, and Gypsies: Transatlantic Malagueñas and Zapateados in Music, Song, and Dance."International Conference, April 6–7, 2016. University of California, Riverside. http://brookcenter.gc.cuny.edu/2017-spaniards-indians-africans-and-gypsies-transatlantic-malaguenas-and-zapateados-in-music-song-and-dance-2/.

Steingress, Gerhard. 2006. "El trasfondo bizantino del cante flamenco. Lecciones del encuentro del flamenco andaluz con el rebético greco-oriental." Revista Transcultural de Música 10.

———. 2004. "La hibridación transcultural como clave de la formación del Nuevo Flamenco (aspectos histórico-sociológicos, analíticos y comparativos)." Revista Transcultural de Música 8.

Thimm, Tatjana. 2014. “The Flamenco Factor in Destination Marketing: Interdependencies of Creative Industries and Tourism—the Case of Seville.” Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing 31 (5): 576–88.

Washabaugh, William. 1997. "Early Documentaries." The Journal of Flamenco Artistry 3 (2).
———. 1997. "Flamenco Music and Documentary." Ethnomusicology 41 (1): 51-67.
———. 2013. "Flamenco Protests, Now and Then." DeFlamenco.com, April 13. <http://www.deflamenco.com/revista/mas-flamenco/flamenco-protests-now-and-then-1.html>
———. 1996. "Flamenco Videos Yesterday and Today: Reading Carmen." The Journal of Flamenco Artistry 3 (1): 11–14.
———. 1995. "Ironies in the History of Flamenco." Theory, Culture & Society 12:133–55.
———. 1998. "Mario de la O." The Journal of Flamenco Artistry 3 (5): 14–17.
———. 1997. "Returning to Latin." The Journal of Flamenco Artistry.
———. 1994. "The Flamenco Body." Popular Music 13 (1): 75–90.
———. 1995. "Two Angles on Flamenco." Popular Music 14 (3): 365–71.

Theses and Dissertations

Banzi, Julia Lynn. 2007. "Flamenco Guitar Innovation and the Circumscription of Tradition." PhD diss., University of California, Santa Barbara.

Brown, Joshua Michael. 2014. "Flamenco Capital: Tradition, Revolution and Renewal in Seville, Spain." PhD diss., University of California, Riverside.

Chuse, Loren. 1999. "Women in Cante Flamenco." PhD diss., University of California, Los Angeles.

Day, Deborah L. 2004. "The Survival of Variety: The Impact of Audience on Flamenco Performance in Granada, Spain." Master's thesis, University of New Mexico.

Dumas, Tony. 2002. "Flamenco Identity in Phoenix: An Investigation of a Local Flamenco Subculture's Knowledge Continuum." Master's thesis, Arizona State University.
———. 2012. "(Re)Locating Flamenco: Bohemian Cosmopolitanism in Northern California." PhD diss., University of California, Davis.

Goldberg, K. Meira. 1995. “Border Trespasses: The Gypsy Mark and Carmen Amaya’s Flamenco Dance.” PhD diss., Temple University.

Goulet, Isabelle. 2007. "Learning to Become Dancing Musicians: Flamenco Dancers Going Global." Master's thesis, Concordia University.

Landborn, Adair. 2006. "Kinesthetic Culture: A Comparative Study of the Movement Practices of Spanish Bullfighting and Flamenco Dance." PhD diss., Union Institute and University.

Malefyt, Timothy Dwight deWaal. 1997. "Gendered Authenticity: The Invention of Flamenco Tradition in Seville, Spain." PhD thesis, Brown University.

Mullins, Steven K. 2010. "Flamenco Gestures: Musical Meaning in Motion." PhD diss., University of Colorado.

Rosenberg, Davin J. 2013. "Phoenix Flamenco: Diasporic Dimensions of Performance, Instruction and Tradition." Master's thesis, Northern Arizona University.

Samtani, Roshan. 2006. "Structure and Strategy in Flamenco Guitar Performance." PhD diss., Brown University.

Spera, Claire Christine. 2010. "Flamenco Nuevo: Tradition, Evolution and Innovation." Master's thesis, University of Southern California.

Valdo, Stefano. 1999. "Nuevo Flamenco: Jazz Influences and Introduction of the Electric Bass." Master's thesis, California State University, Long Beach.

Wheeler, William Jones. 1993. "Practicing Flamenco Guitar in Madrid, Spain: An Event- centered Study of Accompaniment and Accompanists in Guitar Lessons and Dance Classes." PhD diss., Indiana University.

Whitney, Carol. 1974. "Flamenco, Foreigners, and Academia: A Study in Small Worlds." PhD diss., Wesleyan University.

Wilson, Christopher Francis. 1975. "An Ethnography of Gypsy-Andalucian and American Aficionado Flamenco." PhD diss., United States International University.

Zussman, Benett Thomas. 1995. "The Siguiriyas Song Form in Flamenco Guitar: A Historical and Comparative Study." Master's thesis, San Jose State University.


Garcia, Carolina Loyola, Carmela Greco, and Maria Benitez. 2014. Sobre las olas: A Story of Flamenco in the U.S. DVD. Brooklyn, NY: Pragda.

Saura, Carlos. 2003. Flamenco. DVD. New York: New Yorker Video.
———. 2010. Flamenco, Flamenco. DVD. Paris: Bodega Films.

Velázquez-Gaztelu, José María, Pedro Turbica, and Mario Gómez. 2005. Rito y geografía del cante. Madrid: Radio y Televisión Española.