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SN1101 Modern Spanish Theatre

Terms 1- 2

SN1101 Passion and Betrayal on the Spanish Stage

Convenor: Sarah Wright


Coursework (100%) The course is examined via two essays in English. First essay 1,200-1,500 words and second essay 1,500-2,000 words worth 30% and 60% of the final course mark, respectively. The remaining 10% component of assessment will be devoted to in-class assessment.


  • To introduce students to some key Spanish dramatists of the 20th and 21st centuries
  • To place Spanish dramatists within their artistic and historical context
  • To encourage students to explore and develop their responses to the works studied.

To encourage students to make connections and comparisons between the texts studied and to trace themes of honour, passion and betrayal on the Spanish stage.

Tirso de Molina, El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra/The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest;

Federico García Lorca, El amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín;

Federico García Lorca, La casa de Bernarda Alba;

Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, Los cuernos de Don Friolera;

Antonio Buero Vallejo, Historia de una escalera;

Sergi Belbel, Forasteros

José Luis Alonso de Santos, Bajarse al moro*

*Content may vary depending on the availability of texts in translation but any changes will be advertised in advance.

Key Bibliography:

María Delgado and David Gies (eds), A History of Theatre in Spain, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Recommended Further Reading

Delgado, Maria (2003), Other Spanish Theatres: Erasure and Inscription on the Twentieth Century Spanish Stage (Manchester University Press).

George, David (2010), Sergi Belbel and Catalan Theatre: Text, Performance and Identity (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer).

George, David and London, John (1996), Contemporary Catalan Theatre: An Introduction (Sheffield: Anglo-Catalan Society).

Holt, Marion, P. (1975), The Contemporary Spanish Theatre (1949-72) (Boston, MA: Twayne, 1975).

Lyon, John (1993), The Theatre of Valle-Inclán(London: Aris & Philips).

O’Leary, Catherine (2005), The Theatre of Antonio Buero Vallejo: Ideology, Politics, Censorship (Woodbridge: Támesis).



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