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Unit information: The Theatre of Federico Garcia Lorca in 2019/20

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Unit name The Theatre of Federico Garcia Lorca
Unit code HISP30029
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 charts the development of the theatre of Federico Garcma Lorca from his first play, El maleficio de la mariposa (1920) to his last La casa de Bernarda Alba (1936) completed just months before his murder by Spanish Nationalists at the beginning of the Civil War. Looking at a wide selection of his plays, the unit explores key themes in Lorca s theatre: different conceptions of poetry in the theatre; the role of the imagination in the life of the individual; the conflict between the individual and society; the nature of love and its links to frustration and suffering.


  • 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 x 2 hour weekly seminar

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

  • La zapatera prodigiosa
  • Amor de don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín
  • Doña Rosita la soltera
  • Mariana Pineda
  • Bodas de sangre
  • Yerma
  • La casa de Bernarda Alba