SPAN20260 Modern Spanish Theatre

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module aims to introduce students to the study of twentieth century Spanish theatre through the analysis of three key texts: Federico García Lorca’s 'Bodas de sangre', Antonio Buero Vallejo’s 'El tragaluz', and Ana Diosdado's 'Los ochenta son nuestros'. Taking as a unifying focal point the plays’ exploration of family and community groups, the study of these plays will offer students an insight into the relationship between theatrical texts, their performance, and the broader cultural contexts that inform them. The plays examined will be approached from both a traditional author-centred perspective, analysing the written texts in their socio-historical context, and also from a contemporary perspective, taking into account the actors and audiences for which the texts were first written and how they have been performed since.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will:
▶ Possess an in-depth knowledge of the key trends in 20th century Spanish theatre.
▶ Show an awareness of the social, cultural, and political contexts which have influenced the development of Spanish theatre during this period.
▶ Be aware of the relationship between a play’s text and its performance, and of how readings of theatrical texts in this light can lead to a deeper understanding of them.
▶ Be able to analyse and interpret both individual scenes and complete plays, using technical terms to describe narrative technique, characterisation, and staging.
▶ Demonstrate confidence when engaging in discussion and debate of the central themes explored and developed skills in analysing visual materials and written texts, reflected in high-quality academic writing.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
For the academic year 2021/22, this module will be delivered face-to-faced if government health guidelines allow, with students participating in two weekly scheduled classes. The classes will include short lectures, and lecture slides will be made available on Brightspace. In class students will participate in discussions, group work, and BYOD activities. Students who are unable to attend are expected to participate via the discussion board, practising their critical and analytical skills. Tertulia activities prompt independent learning and provide the opportunity for individual engagement with particular aspects of the module. The end-of-trimester essay teaches students to develop their own research topic and trains critical writing skills.
Consultation hours with the module coordinator will be offered both face-to-face and online. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Three assessed discussions of 700 words Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be given Action Points based on their essay.

Bodas de sangre
By Federico Garcia Lorca, Manchester University Press

El tragaluz
By Antonio Buero Vallejo, Bloomsbury Press

Los ochenta son nuestros
By Ana Diosdado, Antonio Machado Libros

Versions of these texts are also available on Brightspace.
Name Role
Dr Pascale Baker Lecturer / Co-Lecturer