T104 | Federico Garcia Lorca: His Drama and His Poetry | Peter Podol


3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST


4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16

Five Sessions 

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 remains have never been found, his creative output has survived. We will read and analyze his plays The Love of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in the Garden, Blood Wedding, Yerma, and The House of Bernarda Alba, plus a selection of his poetry. In class there will be an opportunity to act out some scenes from the plays, and we will also watch a great performance of The House of Bernarda Alba with Glenda Jackson and Joan Plowright.

Suggested Readings:
In class, the instructor will be using the New Directions paperback of Lorca’s Three Tragedies translated by Graham-Lujan and O’Connell. Try to get hold of this version if possible so that page numbers will be the same. Photocopies of his Don Perlimplin and poetry will be provided.

Peter Podol earned his Ph.D.in Spanish Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and then taught for over forty years in Universities in the State of Pennsylvania. He is the author of two books, chapters in six others with over sixty journal articles and presented numerous papers and academic conferences. He has also been an invited speaker at universities in both Spain (the University of Oviedo among others) and the US (The University of Minnesota, etc.).

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