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Unit information: The Theatre of Federico Garcia Lorca in 2021/22

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. Garcia Lopez
Open unit status Not open




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


This final-year unit explores the development of the theatre of Federico García 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 the Nationalists at the beginning of the Civil War. Looking in detail at a wide selection of his plays, the unit explores some key themes in Lorca's theatre: different conceptions of poetry in the theatre and issues of intermediality; the role of the imagination in the life of the individual; the conflict between the individual and society; questions of gender and sexuality; and the nature of desire and its links to suffering and death.


  • 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

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the theatrical works studied, as well as of key themes in Federico García Lorca’s works and of his socio-historical context.
  2. Interpret primary sources and select pertinent evidence in order to illustrate specific and more general points, presenting their research and judgements in written forms and styles appropriate to the discipline and level of study.
  3. Evaluate and apply strategies and methodologies for writing an extended piece of academic research, including relevant research methods bibliographical tools, etc.
  4. Demonstrate an advanced proficiency in identifying and in forming their own research questions.
  5. Respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style and at an advanced level of complexity.
  6. Transfer these skills to other working environments, including postgraduate study.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation

Assessment Details

2 x 2500 word essays (summative, 50% each), testing ILOs 1-5.


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