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

Spring 2007

SPN 391 • Spanish Golden Age Drama

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
48020 T
12:30 PM-3:30 PM
MEZ 1.104

Course Description

This course provides a detailed introduction to the drama of seventeenth-century Spain beginning with the innovative comedia nueva of Lope de Vega. A survey course, the class studies chronologically the dramatic work of Lope, Tirso de Molina, Ruiz de Alarcñn, Calderñn, and Cervantes, encompassing major dramatists of both the ciclo de Lope de Vega and that of Calderñn. Additionally, the course will include a secondary focus on the representation of marginalized voices in Spanish early modern drama, including texts by female dramatists as well as recent critical approaches such as gender/queer theory, performance theory, and cultural studies.

The works studied will be representative of the many dramatic sub-genres of this period, including the comedia de honor, the comedia de capa y espada, the comedia de costumbres, the court drama, the auto sacramental, and the entremés. Works will be analyzed in terms of their thematic content and dramatic structure, and significant issues of dramatic theory also will be presented (the problem of tragedy in Spain, the generic designation of comedia, Lope's Arte nuevo de hacer comedias and the neo-Aristotelian debates, etc.). Students also will study the more technical aspects of Golden Age theatrical representation: the cofradëas, the construction of corrales, and the composition of the day-long fiesta teatral. One or more videos of live performances of the works studied will complement textual discussion and aid in the analysis of the plays from a theatrical perspective.

Grading Policy

Class meetings will be organized around active discussion and student participation. The first part of each meeting will concentrate on the dissemination of theory and background information through a brief lecture, leaving the remaining time for textual analysis and discussion. Every week, students will be responsible for textual readings as well as theoretical or critical works deemed pertinent to that week's topic. Each student will prepare at least one oral report on a critical work during the semester and will follow-up with a brief written analysis. At the conclusion of the course, students will be required to write a paper of between 15 and 25 pages, which analyzes one or more of the plays studied or other works by these dramatists.


Cervantes, Numancia, Entremeses, Pedro de Urdemalas Lope de Vega, Fuenteovejuna, La dama boba, El perro del hortelano Tirso de Molina, El burlador de Sevilla, El condenado por desconfiado Angela de Azevedo, Dicha y desdicha del juego y devociïn de la Virgen Ana Caro. Valor, agravio y mujer (reserve), El Conde Partinuplés Ruiz de Alarcon, La verdad sospechosa Calderon, La vida es sueño, El médico de su honra, El gran teatro del mundo Critical readings every week, including standards of Golden Age criticism and recent critical approaches


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