Students present their research on Federico García Lorca

Students in SPAN 3040 present their research. (Photo courtesy of Graciela Tissera.)

Students Chandler Bailey, Caroline Barton, Caroline Cash, Taeylor Dickenson, Emily Grant, Ally Graulich, Blakely Holcombe, Steve Kurtz, Maeve Marsh, Clare McKeon, Nick Meyer, John Murdy, Abby Noga, Hayley Perryman, Lauren Stabler, and J. Sky Williams presented their research on Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba in their SPAN 3040 class (Introduction to Hispanic Literary Forms) offered by Dr. Graciela Tissera. The research focused on the dramatic characters, themes, and symbols. The House of Bernarda Alba was García Lorca’s last play, completed before his death in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. García Lorca described the play in its subtitle as a drama about women in the villages of Spain. The play centers on the events of a house in Andalusia during a period of mourning, in which Bernarda Alba wields total control over her five daughters. Students explored the tragic atmosphere of the play and the women’s psyche, proposing innovative ideas on the impact of authoritarianism, beauty, and the fight for freedom.