Federico García Lorca

Module code: SP2030

Module co-ordinator: Dr Helen Rawlings

Module Aims

This module will examine the contribution made to Spanish culture by one of its leading playwrites and poets of the 20th century, Federico García Lorca. It will focus on plays derived from his rural trilogy and a selection of his poems which portray the broad theme of freedom versus suppression in Spanish society in the 1930s.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the recurrent themes in the theatre and poetry of Federico García Lorca and relate them to the condition of Spanish society in the 1930s as well as to the wider cultural context.
  • Give effective oral presentations on selected themes.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of critical readings of Lorca’s work.
  • Present informed written evaluations of the literature using an appropriate academic register.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Classes will largely take the form of seminar presentations and small group discussions/workshops.


  • Seminar presentation and write up (15%)
  • In-class textual analysis (25%)
  • Essay, 2,000-2,500 words (60%)

Set Texts

  • Federico García Lorca (1930), La Zapatera Prodigiosa (The Prodigious Shoemaker’s wife)
  • Federico García Lorca (1933), Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding)
  • Federico García Lorca (1936), La Casa de Bernarda Alba (The House of Bernarda Alba)

Key Background Reading

  • Ian Gibson (1990), Federico García Lorca: A Life
  • Gwynne Edwards (1980), Lorca: the theatre beneath the sand
  • Dennis A Klein (1991), Blood Wedding, Yerma and The House of Bernarda Alba: Lorca’s Tragic Trilogy
  • Federico Bonnadio (2007), A Companion to Federico García Lorca