- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-0-7190-0950-1
- Pages: 176
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £10.99
- Published Date: February 1984
- BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: plays & playwrights, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Spanish & Portuguese, LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama, Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000, Literature: history & criticism, Portugal, Spain, Literature
- Series: Hispanic Texts
Completed only two months before the author's execution in Granada at the age of thirty-eight, La casa de Bernarda Alba marks the completion of Lorca's 'trilogia de la tierra española' and is commonly held to be his greatest play. The theme of vitality and repression that runs as a leitmotif through his writings takes on a clearer social dimension in the 'drama de mujeres en los pueblos de España', with the presentation of a household of five unmarried daughters tyrannised by their mother's excessive concern with social class and obscurantist village morality.
'Professsor Ramsden gives very good value on the areas discussed. His analysis is exhaustive, scrupulously balanced and illuminating.'
Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
'This edition's major contribution is the well-conceived and executed introduction. The reader is led on a step-by-step journey through the Lorca text as well as through the particular biographical circumstances that had an impact on the play. The presentation is clear, orderly and intelligent.'
Modern Languages Journal
An outline of the play
Vitality and Repression
Realism and poetry
'La obra más perfecta'?
2. Selected bibliography
3. La casa de Bernarda Alba
5. Selected vocabulary
H. Ramsden is Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester