Spring 2014 CLASSIC 35 001 LEC

Greek Tragedy
Section: 
001 LEC
Days and Time: 
MWF 11-12P
Room: 
110 BARROWS
Units: 
4
Instructor: 
GRIFFITH, M
Final: 
8: TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014 7-10P
Enrollment: 
Limit:35 Enrolled:29 Waitlist:0 Avail Seats:6 [on Oct 2, 2014]
Note: 
Fulfills the L&S breadth requirement in Arts and Literature.
Course Description: 

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).

Restriction: 
BY CATEGORY
Texts: 
Title Author/Editor Publisher ISBN # Edition/Year Required?
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

 

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