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Queen's University

Peter Thompson

Associate Professor
Cross-Appointed, Department of Women’s Studies
Associated with the Queen’s Cultural Studies Program.

Office: Kingston Hall, Room 403
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 78052
Fax: 613-533-6496


  • Ph.D., Spanish Literature, Penn State University, 1999
  • M.A., Spanish Literature, Carleton University, 1984
  • B.A. (Hons), Spanish and French, Carleton University, 1980

Research Areas

  • Golden Age Theatre
  • The Entremés
  • Queer Theory

Types of Courses Taught

  • Golden Age Theatre
  • The Golden Age Interlude
  • The Picaresque (Graduate)
  • Cervantes (Graduate and Undergraduate)
  • Contemporary Peninsular Theatre
  • Survey of Peninsular Literature (Medieval to 21st Century)
  • Spanish Civilization and Culture
  • Intermediate Spanish

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


The Outrageous Entremeses of Juan Rana: An Annotated and Bilingual Selection of Plays Written for this Spanish Golden Age Gracioso. University of Toronto Press. Forthcoming 2009.

The Triumphant Juan Rana: A Gay Actor in Spanish Golden Age Theatre. University of Toronto Press. 2006.


“Why all the Hoopla About a Hoopskirt?: Quiñones de Benavente’s El guardainfante I and II," Violencia en el teatro del Siglo de Oro. GRISO (Grupo investigación Siglo de Oro), Universidad de Navarra, Spain (forthcoming).

“Juan Rana: Un actor gay en la corte de Felipe IV.”  La aventura de la historia. Número 112, 2008. 50–55.

“La boda de Juan Rana.” Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos. Angulos y perspectivas: Reconsideración de la dramaturgia aurisecular. 29.1.2004. 157–67.

Lanini y Sagredo, Francisco Pedro. Ed. Peter Thompson. El parto de Juan Rana. Comedia Performance: Journal of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater. Vol. 1, Number 1, Spring 2004. 219–37.

Lanini y Sagredo, Francisco Pedro. El parto de Juan Rana. Ed. Peter Thompson. A New Anthology of Early Modern Theater, ed. Barbara Mujica, Yale University Press, Forthcoming.

“Fencing and Fornication in Calderón’s El desafío de Juan Rana.Revista de estudios hispánicos. 37 (Fall 2003). 497–507.

“Crossing the Gendered ‘Clothes’-Line: Lanini y Sagredo’s El parto de Juan Rana.” Bulletin of the Comediantes, Vol. 53, No. 2 (2001). 317–333.

“Juan Rana, A Gay Golden Age Gracioso.” A Society on Stage: Essays on Spanish Golden Age Drama. Ed. Edward H. Freidman, H.J. Manzari & Donald D. Miller. New Orleans: UP of the South, 1998. 239–251.

“Alonso de Santos’Bajarse al moro: A Socio-political Examination of the ‘Family’ and Contemporary Spain.” Anales de la literatura española contemporánea. Fall 1998.

Book Reviews

Berco, Cristian. Sexual Hierarchies: Men, Sodomy, and Society in Spain’s Golden Age. (University of Toronto Press, 2007). Iberoamericano 30. VIII (2008): 212–4.

Rodríguez Cuadros, Evangelina. La técnica del actor en el Barroco: Hipótesis y documentos. Madrid: Castalia, 1998. Theatre Survey: The Journal of the American Society for Theatre Research, Vol. 41, Number 2, November 2000. 114–15.

Stroud, Matthew D. Plot Twists and Critical Turns: Queer Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Theater. (Bucknell University Press, 2007). Caliope (Forthcoming).


Modern Languages Association
Renaissance Society of America
Asociación de hispanistas canadienses
Association for Classical Hispanic Theatre

International Affiliations

Member of the Research Project, “The Electronic Edition of the Short Plays of Spain (16th and 17th Centuries),” funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Government of Spain

Mailing Address

Department of Spanish & Italian
103 Stuart Street
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000