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Tragic Visions

Semester and Year SP 2014
Course Number IDSEM-UG1202
Section 001
Instructor Bella Mirabella
Days Tue,Thu
Time 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement HUM, PREMOD, EARLY


This course studies the nature of the tragic form in dramatic literature and performance, as well as its role in human existence. Focusing on two of the great periods of tragedy in Western literature and culture­—ancient Greece and Renaissance England—we read selected tragedies by Aeschuylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Shakespeare as well philosophical considerations of the tragic by, for example, Aristotle and Nietzsche. We examine these works in their social, political, and cultural contexts, while considering questions such as gender, power, fate, free will, and the origins and evolution of tragedy as a literary and political genre. Readings might include Sophocles' Oedipus , and Euripides' Medea , as well as Shakespeare's Othello, Macbeth, or King Lear. Special attention is paid to performance.



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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