'Monster of Nature' and 'Phoenix of Wits'. An Introduction to the Work of Lope de Vega (MLS3067)

15 credits

Lope de Vega (1562-1635) was the most prolific and versatile author of the most significant period of Spanish literature (its Renaissance, or ‘Golden Age’); he claimed to have written over a thousand plays (of which hundreds survive), and he redefined the Spanish stage, inventing the comedia nueva. He wrote copiously in various genres of poetry and prose as well, and was respected and feared by his peers. In this module, you will be introduced to a sample of Lope’s production, including an as yet unpublished manuscript poem in manuscript, lost since 1619 and rediscovered in 2016 by the module convenor.