CLGR 404 Fall 2014 Tragedy

Tragedy was a hybrid genre invented in sixth-fifth century Athens, where tragic performances in the city's festival of the Greater Dionysia played a vital role in the democratic polis. This course will focus on reading in Greek a complete tragedy of Sophokles or Euripides; we will also read in translation several other tragedies, a satyr-play, and a comedy of Aristophanes. While focusing on questions of particular importance for the play we are reading in Greek, we will also situate that play in a larger context by exploring, for instance: aspects of the social and political situations in and for which fifth-century tragedies were first produced; the several performance genres out of which tragedy was created; developments in the physical characteristics of the theater and in elements of staging and performance; problems of representation particularly relevant to theatrical production and performance.
Class Format: seminar/recitation/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on contributions to class, several 1- to 2-page papers involving close textual analysis, perhaps a midterm exam, a final exam, and a final paper
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Prerequisites: CLGR 201 or permission of the instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 4-5
Class Number: 1882
CLGR 404 - 01 (F) SEM Tragedy Division 1: Languages and the Arts Meredith C. Hoppin
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 140 1882
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