THEA 402
Senior Seminar: The Antigone Project Fall 2017
Division I
Cross-listed THEA 402 / COMP 401
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What is the role of the individual in the making and sustaining of democracy? Conversely, what is the state’s role in upholding democratic rule? Such questions-while pressing in our contemporary social and political climate-reside at the core of one of the most foundational works of the ancient Athenian context: Sophocles’ Antigone. For the Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature, students will spend the semester exploring in depth the single work of Antigone, approaching it through various lenses: theoretical, historical, social, philosophical, political, literary, performative, and creative. Over the term, we will explore the richness and meaning of Antigone by understanding it as performance, social practice, text, translation, and adaptation (in works by artists such as Jean Anouilh, Bertolt Brecht, Seamus Heaney, Griselda Gambaro, Karen Hartman, and Lynn Nottage, and in theory by Aristotle, Hegel, Lacan, Butler, and Zizek). Assignments will include: four 1- to 2-page writing reflections, a 6- to 8-page midterm paper, an oral presentation, and group collaboration. As a major final assignment, students will work individually to complete a 15- to 20-page translation or adaptation that envisions their own creative, curatorial, and critical approach to Antigone. This course is a requirement for senior Comparative Literature majors and is also open, with permission of the instructor, to advanced students undertaking the major in units such as Theatre, English, Classics, and Art.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 12
Class#: 1894
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: four 1- to 2-page writing reflections, a 6-8 page midterm paper, an oral presentation, group collaboration, and a final creative project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: COMP 121
Enrollment Preferences: Comparative Literature majors, Theatre majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
THEA 402 Division I COMP 401 Division I

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