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Unit information: Gender and Identity in Spanish Theatre: From the Golden Age to Romanticism in 2016/17

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Unit name Gender and Identity in Spanish Theatre: From the Golden Age to Romanticism
Unit code HISP31027
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Kitts
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit explores the changing ideas on gender and identity - personal, social, class, cultural, national - in Spanish theatre from the seventeenth through to the nineteenth centuries. After initial discussion of the key concepts of gender and identity, a selection of six to eight plays will be considered in terms of their contemporary social and intellectual context and their dramatisation and questioning of issues relating to a variety of aspects of gender and identity.


  • To introduce students to a significant body of knowledge of a complexity appropriate to final year level. The content matter will normally include one or more of the following: literature; social, cultural or political history; linguistics; cultural studies; film, television or other media.
  • To facilitate students engagement with a body of literature, including secondary literature, texts, including in non-print media, primary sources and ideas as a basis for their own analysis and development. Normally many or most of these sources will be in a language other than English and will enhance the development of their linguistic skills.
  • To develop further skills of synthesis, analysis and independent research, building on the skills acquired in units at level I.
  • To equip students with the skills to undertake postgraduate study in a relevant field.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will:

  1. be knowledgable about a significant cultural, historical or linguistic subject related to the language they are studying;
  2. will have advanced skills in the selection and synthesis of relevant material;
  3. be able to evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of source materials, usually in a foreign language, at an advanced level;
  4. be able to respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style and at an advanced level of complexity;
  5. be able to transfer these skills to other working environments, including postgraduate study.

Teaching details

1 weekly lecture hour and 1 weekly seminar hour.

Assessment Details

1 x 3000 word essay (50% of mark) and one two-hour examination (50% of mark). Testing ILO's 1-5

Reading and References

A selection of six to eight plays will be chosen from the following (student will be informed about which ones are being studied at least a month before the unit begins through Blackboard):

  • Lope de Vega, Fuenteovejuna, Peribáñez y el comendador de Ocaña
  • Calderón de la Barca, La vida es sueño
  • Agustín Moreto, No puede ser el guardar una mujer
  • Tirso de Molina, Don Gil de las calzas verdes, La venganza de Tamar
  • Ramón de la Cruz, Sainetes
  • Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, El delincuente honrado
  • Nicolás Fernández de Moratín, Lucrecia, Hormesinda, Guzmán el Bueno
  • Vicente García de la Huerta, Raquel
  • Ignacio López de Ayala, Numancia destruida
  • Tomás de Iriarte, La señorita malcriada, El señorito mimado
  • Leandro Fernández de Moratín, La mojigata, El sí de las niñas
  • María Rosa de Gálvez, Zinda, La delirante
  • Francisco Martínez de la Rosa, La conjuración de Venecia
  • Mariano José de Larra, Macías
  • Duque de Rivas, Don Alvaro, o la fuerza del sino
  • Antonio García Gutiérrez, El trovador
  • Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch, Los amantes de Teruel