This course will still be offered in a future semester
Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca (his full name!) was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director who achieved international recognition for his literary talents in the famous “Generation of ’27.” In 1936, at the age of 38, he was executed by Nationalist forces at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. Though his body has never been found, his creative output has survived. We will read his plays Blood Wedding, Yerma, The Love of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in the Garden, and The House of Bernarda Alba, plus a selection of his poetry. We’ll also act out some of his scenes in the class, view Blood Wedding performed in dance, and watch a great performance of The House of Bernarda Alba starring Glenda Jackson and Joan Plowright.
Three Tragedies: Blood Wedding, Yerma & The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca, translated by James Graham-Lujan and Richard L. O’Connel. [New Directions, 1938]
Additional readings will be provided in class.
Peter Podol (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is a retired professor of Spanish literature, language, culture and film, and the author of two books and chapters in six others on contemporary theater of Spain. Currently a medical interpreter for Berkshire Medical Center, he is devoted to contemporary Spanish theater and has lectured at universities in the US and Spain.
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