||Aristophanes and Old Comedy
Ian Storey, "General Introduction," in Aristophanes I, Trans. Peter Meineck;
J. Boardman, et al., Oxford History of the Classical World, 124-145 (on reserve)
Sallie Goetsch, Introduction to Greek Stagecraft (Didaskalia) features an interactive mask model and a 3D reconstruction of the Theater of Dionysos
||Introduction to Greek History in the 5th century BCE
Introduction to the Athenian Theater
||Utopian Fantasy: Aristophanes' Acharnians (425 BCE)
PM: Doing research on ancient and modern comedy (Jen Rouse); Building webpages (Brooke Bergantzel) Cole Library and Humanities Lab
||Flights of fancy: Aristophanes' Peace (422 BCE)
PM: Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925) (95 minutes)
||Aristophanes, Charlie Chaplin, and the Comic Hero
Comedy terms (definition and example) due at 9:00 a.m.
PM: paper conferences; please bring a hard copy of your paper to the conference
||Women in Charge: Aristophanes' Lysistrata (411 BCE)
First paper due at 5 p.m.
Please upload your paper in Moodle.
||Menander and Greek New Comedy
J.J. Pollitt, Art in the Hellenistic Age, 1-16 (on reserve).
Sander Goldberg, The Making of Menander's Comedy 1-28 (on reserve)
||AM: Mae West in Goin' to Town (1935)
Gender Bending: Lysistrata and Mae West
||AM: The Setting of New Comedy: Menander's Dyskolos (Old Cantankerous) (316 BCE)
PM: Dyskolos cont.
Comedy Terms Jeopardy
||The Characters of New Comedy: Menander's Epitrepontes (The Arbitration) (before 292 BCE)
PM: Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934), starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable
film and partner chosen for Aspects of Comedy Project (please include a one paragraph summary of the film chosen)
||Menander's Samia (c. 315-309 BCE)
A New Vision of Love: Hellenistic New Comedy and Hollywood Screwball Comedy
PM: paper conferences
||Theorizing Comedy: Aristotle's Poetics, Chapters 1-18 (died 322 BCE);
Study Guide for Aristotle's Poetics
Paper 2 due at 5 p.m.
||New Comedy in Rome: Plautus and Terence
J. Boardman, et al., Oxford History of the Classical World, 417-437 (on reserve)
Deena Berg and Douglass Parker, "General Introduction," in Plautus and Terence, Five Comedies
John Porter, Roman New Comedy (University of Saskatchewan)
||Loving the Exotic: Plautus' Rudens (190's BCE?)
PM: Victor Heerman's Animal Crackers (1930), starring Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo Marx, Lillian Roth, Margaret Dumont, Louis Sorin (97 minutes)
||Puns, jokes, and anarchistic comedy: Plautus and the Marx Brothers
Comic Patterns in Rudens and Animal Crackers
PM: Workshop: Creating the Aspects of Comedy webpages (Brooke Bergantzel) Humanities Lab
||Heroic Badness and the Clever Con: Plautus' Truculentus (ca. 190 BCE)
PM: Howard Hawk's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), starring Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, and James Coburn (91 minutes)
Aspects of Comedy, Part 1, due at 8:00 p.m. Part 1 introduces your film and explores three aspects of comedy.
||Golddiggers in Truculentus and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
PM: paper conferences; please bring a copy of your paper to the conference
||A Tale of Two Brothers: Terence's Adelphoe (160 BCE)
Paper 3 due at 5 p.m.
Saturday: Critique of another group's website, due at noon
||New Comedy in Rome and Hollywood
||Is rape a laughing matter? Terence's Eunuch (161 BCE)
PM: Comedy, Melodrama, and Gender: Norman Jewison's Moonstruck (1987), starring Cher, Nicholas Cage, and Olympia Dukakis
Aspects of Comedy, Part 2, due at 9:00 p.m. Part 2 concludes your project and explores the other aspects of comedy.
||Rewriting gender and comic roles in Romantic comedy: Terence and Moonstruck
Critique of another group's website, due at 3:00 p.m.
||Aspects of Comedy: presentation of websites and wrap-up discussion