Dona Rosita the Spinster

Overview

In a tragic and poetic tale, one of Lorca's greatest theatrical achievements, Dona Rosita’s sad future is clearly destined from the start, as the young girl waits in vain for her fiance to return and her hopes of marriage fade. Years drift by and Dona Rosita eventually lives with her aging aunt and uncle and becomes a sadder and more mellow woman. Her fate is symbolized by the rosa mutabile, a flower from her uncle's garden, which blooms and withers all in the same day. Lorca’s play explores the human tendency to...

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Overview

In a tragic and poetic tale, one of Lorca's greatest theatrical achievements, Dona Rosita’s sad future is clearly destined from the start, as the young girl waits in vain for her fiance to return and her hopes of marriage fade. Years drift by and Dona Rosita eventually lives with her aging aunt and uncle and becomes a sadder and more mellow woman. Her fate is symbolized by the rosa mutabile, a flower from her uncle's garden, which blooms and withers all in the same day. Lorca’s play explores the human tendency to cling to impossible hopes in order to survive. Dona Rosita preserves her life's lie in order to make her solitude bearable. Like most of his other plays, Dona Rosita offers a criticism against the restrictions placed on women at the time of the Spanish Civil War, and their dependency upon men as instructed by society.

First performed in 1935, Dona Rosita remains a classic work of Spanish theatre alongside Lorca's Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba and Yerma. This Student Edition features parallel English and Spanish texts of the play, together with a full commentary, questions and a bibliography.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408105054
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 7/2/2008
  • Series: Student Editions Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Federico Garca Lorca was born in 1898, in Andalusia, Spain. A poet and dramatist, and also a gifted painter and pianist, his early popular ballads earned him the title of 'poet of the gypsies'. In 1930 he turned his attention to theatre, visiting remote villages and playing classic and new works for peasant audiences. In 1936, shortly after the outbreak of Civil War, he was murdered by Nationalist partisans.

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Table of Contents

Federico Garcia Lorca: 1898-1936

Plot

Commentary

Lorca and the theatre of his time

The real-life sources of Dona Rosita the Spinster

The broader meaning: symbolism and imagery

The characters

The comic element

Staging of Lorca's plays in his lifetime

Production history of Dona Rosita the Spinster

Translating Lorca

Further Reading

Dona Rosita The Spinster 1

Act One 4

Act Two 34

Act Three 72

Notes 102

Questions for Further Study 123

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