The Poetry of Federico García Lorca: Redefining the Avant-Garde

Malcolm Compitello
Wednesdays 10 AM – 12 PM
July 12, 19, 26, August 2, and 9, 2023
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The Poetry of Federico García Lorca: Redefining the Avant-Garde

Summer 2023
In Session
10 AM – 12 PM
July 12, 19, 26, August 2, and 9, 2023


Main Campus



Before his tragic murder at the hands of fascist rebels against Spain’s democracy in 1936, Federico García Lorca had established himself as one of Europe and the Hispanic World’s most promising young writers. His poetry brought to the explosion of avant-garde innovation of the first decades of the 20th century a grounding in the historical and cultural roots of Spanish culture. The result is a body of poetic work of great vitality and enduring quality which continues to challenge and inspire readers and critics alike. During this course we will examine Lorca’s two most well-known volumes of poetry The Gypsy Ballads (Romancero Gitano) 1928 and Poet in New York (Poeta en Nueva York) 1940. The reading of the two works will allow us examine the author’s poetic trajectory against the context of a rapidly evolving artistic and socio-political transformations.

Attend ON-CAMPUS or Online
— Hybrid Course Format —

  • All classes will be delivered on-campus and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • On-Campus classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All students enrolled to attend in person also have complete online access and may choose to attend one or all class sessions remotely if desired.
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. A high-speed internet connection and a device capable of running Zoom are required to connect. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
  • Class Recordings - All HSP classes are recorded and available for every enrolled student to watch for the duration of the course and one month after the last class session. This option is offered to aid students who cannot attend the live class times but desire to enroll and participate asynchronously. We hope this option also aids students who are traveling or have a necessary appointment that conflicts with a class session to stay connected and engaged with the course material.

Registration Will Open Online:
Monday, April 10, 2023, at 8 AM (AZ Time)

Required Reading: 

  • García Lorca, Federico, Gypsy Ballads 
  • García Lorca, Federico, Poet In New York

Meet Your Professor

Professor Emeritus
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Malcolm Alan Compitello is Emeritus Professor of Spanish and former Program Director for the Humanities Seminars Program. He regularly taught classes in modern and contemporary Spanish culture and literature including the work of García Lorca. Professor Compitello is the Founding Editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies one of the premier scholarly journals in that field. He has published widely in venues in Europe and the United States and is currently engaged in several projects dealing with the interconnections between cities, cultural and capital as they play out in Spain since the 1960s.


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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