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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2006

SPN 376 • Topics in Golden Age Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49185 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BEN 1.126

Course Description

This course will serve as a comprehensive survey of the drama of seventeenth-century Spain. Students will be introduced to dramatic theory in general terms as a point of departure, using Aristotle's Poetics as a guide. We will then proceed to examine the nature of the Spanish national drama beginning with Lope de Vega and his highly innovative comedia nueva. The chronological trajectory will continue with works by Cervantes, Tirso de Molina, Ruiz de Alarcon, Caledron, and others. As a counterpoint to the comedia, the course will all study the shorter entremes, as well as the auto sacramental in its development by Calderon.

Grading Policy

2 in-class exams (30% each): 60% Term paper: 30% Class participation: 10%


Martel, Jose (ed.), Diez Comedias del Siglo de Oro; Calderon, El gran teatro del mundo; Calderon, El medico de su honra; Lope de Vega, La dama boba


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