How relevant a book subtitled a drama of women in the villages of spain can be to a sophisticated 21stcentury reader. The house of bernarda alba is lorca s last and possibly finest play, completed shortly before he was murdered by nationalist. The main characters of this plays, plays story are. Lorca described the play in its subtitle as a drama of women in the villages of spain. The first edition of this novel was published in 1945, and was written by federico garcia lorca.
The house of bernarda alba was lorca s last play, completed on 19 june 1936, two months before lorca s death during the. In the united states, it has been the unfortunate victim of a simplistic reading, cultural whitewashing and vulgar titillation. Lorca did not include it in his plan for a trilogy of the spanish land which remained unfinished at the time of his murder. Garcia lorca the house of bernarda alba act i in a new freely downloadable and replicable english translation. They are an al1 question but can easily be adated for al2. The book was published in multiple languages including spanish, consists of 96 pages and is available in paperback format. He liked to say that his plays took years to form in his mind, and then a matter of weeks to write. The house of bernarda alba study guide the classic theatre of. The book was published in multiple languages including spanish language, consists of 96 pages and is available in paperback format. The house of bernarda alba is lorca s last and possibly finest play, completed shortly before he was murdered by nationalist sympathisers at the outbreak of the spanish civil war. It constitutes the third play of lorca s dramatic trilogy that also includes blood wedding and yerma, and it was first produced in buenos aires in 1945. The house of bernarda alba was written in 1936 during a flurry of creative activity for lorca.
The first edition of the novel was published in 1945, and was written by federico garcia lorca. Lorca, noted for being expressly and incurably andalusian, resisted the intellectual current that tried. Commentators have often grouped it with blood wedding and yerma as a rural trilogy. Though this claim is not represented in the process of all his plays, it certainly rings true here. The action takes place in the home of bernarda alba after the funeral of her second husband. Federico garcia lorcas the house of bernarda alba project muse. Inspired by real characters and described by the author as a true record of village life, it is a tragic tale of frustration and explosive passions in a. Also included is a matching activity for the characters names and a brief description of the characters. Lorca s tale depicts the repression of women within catholic spain in the years before the war. Bernarda alba is a widow, and her five daughters are incarcerated in mourning along with her.1250 884 670 377 51 773 642 42 1523 1167 779 555 170 917 619 465 1078 1123 775 930 600 1440 53 1376 858 1434 860 580 810 1062 736