70 pages 2 hours read

Federico García Lorca

La Casa De Bernarda Alba

Fiction | Play | Adult | Published in 1945

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La Casa de Bernarda Alba

  • Genre: Fiction; realistic drama
  • Originally Published: 1945
  • Reading Level/Interest: College/adult
  • Structure/Length: 3 acts; approx. 112 pages; approx. 1 hour, 19 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Bernarda decides to follow the family tradition of an eight-year mourning period after her husband’s death, insisting her five adult daughters participate as well. When a man enters the picture, ostensibly wanting to marry the oldest daughter while secretly having an affair with the youngest daughter, events unfold that lead to tragedy for all.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Death by suicide

Federico García Lorca, Author

  • Bio: Born 1898 in a small town in Fuente Vaqueros, Spain; died 1936; studied at Columbia University and University of Granada; traveled internationally; joined artists’ group Generación del 27, becoming friends with Salvador Dalí; influenced by surrealism; appointed as director of Teatro Universitario La Barraca; was executed by firing squad in the Spanish Civil War; La Casa de Bernarda Alba adapted for opera, ballet, and film
  • Other Works: Libro de Poemas (1921); Odes (1928); Blood Wedding (1932); Yerma (1934)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • Sexual Repression
  • Cycles of Oppression
  • Cycles of Violence

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In accomplishing the components of this Unit, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the historical and social contexts regarding the oppression of women through traditional social norms and institutions that incite the frustration of the Alba women.