[Loyola University Chicago] CLST 273 - Honors
Classical Tragedy

Fifth-century Athens came together as a state to worship Dionysos through festival competitions in dramatic art. What forms did the Athenian artists and audiences develop for such performances? How did their dramas establish conventions that still function in dramatic performances today? What did it do for the material they chose to present -for tragedy, usually though not necessarily always, traditional mythological stories- to be presented in this context? In this Core Literature, Honors course we will read translated texts from the three playwrights who were considered in antiquity as the greatest, defining their genre. Through discussion, research and writing, and our own experiments in performance, we will explore how the plays dealt with transcendent themes like justice and human dignity, within conceptual systems like gender and civilization, through the interaction of characters, a chorus, and the audience of a god and the city.

Monday - Wednesday - Friday, 12:30-1:20 PM
Cudahy Science Hall 313
Dr. Jacqueline Long

Office Hours: MWF 9:30-10:20 AM, Crown Center 553
e-mail: jlong1@orion.it.luc.edu


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