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Federico García Lorca

1st Edition

By Maria M. Delgado


14 pages

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Immortalized in death by The Clash, Pablo Neruda, Salvador Dalí, Dmitri Shostakovich and Lindsay Kemp, Federico García Lorca's spectre haunts both contemporary Spain and the cultural landscape beyond.

This study offers a fresh examination of one of the Spanish language’s most resonant voices; exploring how the very factors which led to his emergence as a cultural icon also shaped his dramatic output.

The works themselves are also awarded the space that they deserve, combining performance histories with incisive textual analysis to restate Lorca’s presence as a playwright of extraordinary vision, in works such as:

  • Blood Wedding
  • The Public
  • The House of Bernarda Alba
  • Yerma.

Federico García Lorca is an invaluable new resource for those seeking to understand this complex and multifaceted figure: artist, playwright, director, poet, martyr and in the eyes of many, Spain’s ‘national dramatist’.


'An outstanding and completely contemporary account of Lorca.'Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway, University of London,UK

'This is a highly innovative study, which will appeal to students and scholars alike.' –Prof. David George, University of Wales, UK

'Federico Garcia Lorca is a book worthy of serious attention… Fortunately Federico Garcia Lorca with his masterful plays and poetry survives the industry that grows around him. Maria M. Delgado has given us a fine rendering of how and why.' - Performing Arts Journal

Table of Contents

Overview Chapter 1: Life, Politics, Mythology Chapter 2: The ‘known’ Lorcas Chapter 3: The ‘unknown’ Lorcas The Afterlives List of Titles and English translations Bibliography Index

About the Author

Maria M. Delgado is Professor of Theatre & Screen Arts at Queen Mary, University of London and co-editor of Contemporary Theatre Review. Her books include ‘Other’ Spanish Theatres (2003), three further co-edited volumes for Manchester University Press and two collections of translations for Methuen.

About the Series

Routledge Modern and Contemporary Dramatists

Routledge Modern and Contemporary Dramatists is a new series of innovative and exciting critical introductions to the work of internationally pioneering playwrights. The series includes well-established playwrights and offers primary materials on contemporary dramatists who are under-represented in secondary criticism. Each volume provides detailed cultural, historical and political material, examines selected plays in production, and theorises the playwright’s artistic agenda and working methods, as well as their contribution to the development of playwriting and theatre.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / Continental European
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism