This Fall Semester , Professor Freear-Papio (College of the Holy Cross) teaches an introductory seminar on modern Spanish Theater by women in which feminist theory will be used to achieve a deeper understanding of female theatrical work as both text and performance. Starting in the early and hopeful years of the 20th century, passing through the dark years of the dictatorship and finally emerging into the democratic society of the late 20th and early 21st century, this course will start with an analysis of the many difficulties (historical, social, literary, economic and cultural) that women dramatists have faced as they try not only to write and publish theater but ultimately to have their works staged. The seminar will then focus primarily on the plays of the two post-Franco generations of female dramatists. The works to be read include plays by Concha Romero, Carmen Resino, Lidia Falcón, Paloma Pedrero, Beth Escudé, Itziar Pascual, Diana de Paco Serrano, Luisa Cunillé, and Lourdes Ortiz. Feminist themes such as the re-writing of myth and history, the creation of female identity, "otherness" as well as global feminism, terror and domestic violence will be addressed through close readings of text and theory as well as through the occasional dramatic reading.