In this course we shall read and discuss a selection of Classical Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and at least one comedy by Aristophanes (The Frogs). With the help of slides and videos, as well as the assigned readings, we’ll trace the evolution of Greek tragedy from its ritual beginnings, through its spread throughout the Hellenistic world, into the modern era, focusing both on the role of theater in Athenian society, and on ancient and modern views on the origins, value and effects of theatrical performance (Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Turner, etc.). We’ll also read some adaptations of Greek tragedies written by later playwrights: Roman (Seneca), French (Racine, Anouilh), British, American (O’Neill, Mee), Japanese (Suzuki), and African (Soyinka, Farber), and watch several video specimens of modern productions (in various styles and media), comparing these with what can be known about the original performance styles and techniques used in the ancient Theater of Dionysus.
All readings will be done in English. Course requirements: two short papers (4-6 pages); midterm exam (one hour); short on-line and in-class assignments; final exam (two hours).
|Aeschylus II: The Oresteia||trans. & ed. by D. Grene, R. Lattimore, M. Griffith, and G. Most||Chicago University Press||978-0226311470||2013||Yes|
|Sophocles I||trans. & ed. by D. Grene, R. Lattimore, M. Griffith, and G. Most||Chicago University Press||978-0226311517||2013||Yes|
|Sophocles II||trans. & ed. by D. Grene, R. Lattimore, M. Griffith, and G. Most||Chicago University Press||978-0226311555||2013||Yes|
|Euripides I||trans. & ed. by D. Grene, R. Lattimore, M. Griffith, and G. Most||Chicago University Press||978-0226308807||2013||Yes|
|The Bacchae||Euripides; trans. by Paul Woodruff||Hackett||978-0872203921||1998||Yes|