Fulfills the L&S breadth requirement in Arts & Literature.
GREEK TRAGEDY, THEN AND NOW
In this course we'll read and discuss a selection of Classical Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and a comedy by Aristophanes (The Frogs), as well as some later adaptations of these ancient plays. With the help of visual images and videos, as well as the assigned readings, we'll explore the evolution of Greek tragedy from its ritual beginnings to its enormous popularity throughout the Greek and Roman world, into the Renaissance and the modern era. We'll focus on such topics as: the social, political and psychological functions of theater in Classical Athens; ancient and modern views on the origins, value, and effects of tragic drama (Plato, Aristotle, Hegel, Nietzsche, Girard, Zeitlin, et al.); and different approaches taken to the performance, re-performance, translation, and adaptation of some of these plays in later eras. This will involve reading versions based on some of these Greek plays written by later playwrights, Roman (Seneca), French (Racine, Sartre, Anouilh), English (Churchill), American (O'Neill), and African (Soyinka, Farber).
All readings will be done in English.
Requirements: Two short papers; midterm exam; final exam.