Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Faculty of Arts

First Supervisor

Francisco Martinez


Federico Garcia Lorca is considered by many as the Spanish playwright with the strongest and acutest social conscience of the twentieth century in his country, especially regarding the plight of Spanish women. In this thesis, his fight for women's rights, his understanding of their frustrations, feelings, sufferings, their social predicament in an unchanging and anachronistic society will be explored by focusing on Lorca's commitment to changing the social status quo. A link will be established between Lorca's work and the influence that earlier playwrights had on him. Many Spanish playwrights were among the first ill Europe to spouse Erasmus' ideas advocating the liberation of women. One thing these dramatists believed in unanimously was a woman's libertad de amar (freedom to love). Using his theatre as a platform to fight social injustice against women, Lorca became a thorn in the social conscience of the leaders of his country, to the extent that his enemies, mainly the Guardia Civil and the Falange, marked him for death. Federico Garcia Lorca was assassinated on August 1936, at the age of thirty-eight.


Thesis in Spanish, Abstract in English