Love and Death in Spanish Drama (MLS2060)

StaffProfessor Derek Flitter - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.50
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesMLS1001 or MLS1056
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Familiarise you with key aesthetic processes affecting Spanish drama in the period from 1920 to the early 1940s
  • Examine the personal aesthetics of Lorca and Valle-Inclán, probably Spain’s two greatest twentieth-century dramatists
  • Examine how Spain’s historical culture finds theatrical expression, in Casona’s work and in new and modern ways

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound general understanding of the chosen texts, including reference to their place in the historical / literary / cultural context of their time

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. With some guidance from the course tutor, evaluate and apply a range of critical approaches to the material covered
  • 3. Mount a detailed argument in the appropriate register of English, mustering a range of textual or other evidence in its support
  • 4. Understand and use, in written and oral contexts, a range of critical terms
  • 5. Analyse selected Spanish texts, relating them to significant elements in their cultural / historical / generic context
  • 6. Use recommended reference works to compile a bibliography, within given parameters (chronological, thematic, etc) on a specified topic
  • 7. Show awareness of the origins and nature of cultural differences

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Undertake defined learning activities with a measure of autonomy, asking for guidance where necessary
  • 9. Adopt a critical approach to the selection and organisation of material in order to produce, to a deadline, a written or oral argument
  • 10. Present information and arguments on a defined topic to a group of listeners
  • 11. Present a cogent and sustained argument on a topic chosen from a range of options provided, following broad guidelines but selecting and adapting them as required
  • 12. Using course material provided, research, plan and write an essay on a chosen aspect of the subject, to a specified length and deadline
  • 13. Contribute to a group presentation
  • 14. Demonstrate general competence in word-processing and in use of the Internet

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction to modern Spanish theatre
  • Symbolism and poetic drama
  • Expressionism and the absurd
  • Folkloric elements in the theatre
  • The social and political context of the plays
  • Divinas palabras: love, lust and greed; death and ritual; authority and subversion
  • Mariana Pineda: love and sacrifice; the mythology of death; political commitment
  • La dama del alba: familial love; imaging/personifying death; folk culture
  • Staging the universal
  • Revision

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching15Class time
Scheduled Learning and Teaching1Tutorial
Guided Independent Study134Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation Plan750 words1-10Feedback in class and formal debriefing

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay1003000 words1-10Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-10Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Ramn del Valle-Incln, Divinas palabras
  • Federico Garca Lorca, Mariana Pineda
  • Alejandro Casona, La dama del alba

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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