Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson

Associate Professor


Spanish, LLCU

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Arts and Science

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Cross-Appointed, Department of Gender Studies
Associated with the Queen’s Cultural Studies

Research interests: Golden Age Theatre, The Entremés, Queer Theory


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


Before coming to Queen's in 2001, Professor Thompson worked as Visiting Assistant Professor at the Middlebury College, USA. At Queen's, he has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on Golden Age Theater, the Golden Age Interlude, the Picaresque, Cervantes, survey of Peninsular Literature, Spanish Civilization and Culture as well as language acquisition courses, including Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish and Business Spanish.

Professor Thompson has written extensively on Juan Rana, the alias of Cosmo Pérez, a popular actor between the years 1617 and 1672 (Spanish Golden Age). Rana was crowned by Pedro Calderón de la Barca as el máximo gracioso and also became the subject of over fifty short plays during the seventeenth century. Professor Thompson has published various articles on this actor as well as The Triumphant Juan Rana: A Gay Actor in Spanish Golden Age Theater (2006) and The Outrageous Entremeses of Juan Rana: An Annotated and Bilingual Selection of Plays Written for this Spanish Golden Age Actor (2009). He is presently working on a monograph concerning the Spanish Golden Age entremesista Jerónimo Cáncer y Velasco.


Professor Thompson teaches the following course(s):

LLCU 247: Dynamic History of Spain
SPAN 380: Panorama literario de España I
SPAN 381: Panorama literario de España II
SPAN 330/LLCU 330: Cervantes I: Earlier Works
SPAN 331/LLCU 331: Cervantes II: Later Works
SPAN 332/LLCU 332: Spanish Baroque Short Theatre
SPAN 333/LLCU 333: Acting Out: Sexual and Gender Subversion in Baroque Theatre

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Updated June 2014