Cross-Appointed, Department of Gender Studies
Associated with the Queen’s Cultural Studies
Research interests: Golden Age Theatre, The Entremés, Queer Theory
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 78052
Office: Kingston Hall 403
Office hours: TBA
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 Peter E. 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 following courses:
LLCU 247: Spanish Cultural Contexts
SPAN 380: Panorama literario de España I
SPAN 112: Beginning Spanish II
SPAN 333/LLCU 333: Acting Out: Sexual and Gender Subversion in Baroque Theatre