Dona Rosita the Spinster

Dona Rosita the Spinster

by Federico Garcia Lorca, Gwynne Edwards, Federico García Lorca
     
 

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

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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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Editorial Reviews

The Guardian

The most accessible and personal of all his plays - a wistful tragic-comedy of unfulfilled love...fading beauty and passing time...realism mixes effortlessly with symbolism
The New York Times

The real tragedy of Doña Rosita goes deeper than its plot. The play was written in 1935, on the eve of the Spanish Civil War, just a year before García Lorca was assassinated by the Falangists, becoming a political martyr. Written in a flowery language redolent of another time, the drama also satirizes turn-of-the-century Granada and Spain itself, with its rigid social constraints.
From the Publisher

“The most accessible and personal of all his plays - a wistful tragic-comedy of unfulfilled love...fading beauty and passing time...realism mixes effortlessly with symbolism” —The Guardian

“The real tragedy of Doña Rosita goes deeper than its plot. The play was written in 1935, on the eve of the Spanish Civil War, just a year before García Lorca was assassinated by the Falangists, becoming a political martyr. Written in a flowery language redolent of another time, the drama also satirizes turn-of-the-century Granada and Spain itself, with its rigid social constraints.” —The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408105054
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
07/02/2008
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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