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Tentative Schedule of Topics and Readings

the sacrifice of Iphigenia

Week I:

Tragedy and Polis

Day 1

AM

no class

 

PM

The Festival of Dionysos

David Wiles, "Myth," Greek Theatre Performance: An Introduction (Cambridge 2000) 5-25. (Moodle)
Mary-Kay Gamel, "Introduction to Iphigenia at Aulis," Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides (Routledge 1999) 305-27. (Moodle)
Optional: Peter Burian, "Myth into Mythos: the Shaping of the Tragic Plot," Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy, ed. P. E. Easterling (Cambridge 1997) 178-208. (Reserve)

Day 2

AM

Euripides, Iphigenia at Aulis (406 BCE)
Background on Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis (Johnson)
Response Paper Topics for Iphigenia

Optional: C. E. Sorum, "Myth, Choice, and Meaning in Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis," American Journal of Philology 113 (1992): 527-42
Froma Zeitlin, "Art, Memory, and Kleos in Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis," History, Tragedy, Theory: Dialogues on Athenian Drama, ed. Barbara Goff (Texas 1995) 174-201.

 

PM

Euripides' Iphigenia (cont.)

Jen Rouse and Shawn Doyle: researching and making oral presentations

Day 3

AM

Michael Cacoyannis, Iphigenia (1977) starring Irene Pappas (127 minutes)

 

PM

discussion of Iphigenia

Day 4

AM

Lady Jane Lumley, The Tragedie of Euripides called Iphigeneia translated out of Greake into Englisshe (1550's) (Moodle)

English Politics during Lady Jane Lumley's lifetime, 1537-77

 

PM

 

 

Tragic Space

Day 5

 

AM

 

Euripides, Hippolytus (428 BCE)
Guide to Hippolytus (Mitchell-Boyask)
Ancestry of Phaedra, Ariadne, and Medea

Performing Hippolytus: Oliver Taplin, Greek Tragedy in Action (California 1978) (Hipp. is play 7 in chapters 4-9)
David Wiles, "Space," Greek Theatre Performance: An Introduction (Cambridge 2000).
Optional: Laura McClure, "At the House Door: Phaedra and the Politics of Reputation," Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama (Princeton 1999) 112-57.
Mueller, Melissa "Phaedra's Defixio: Scripting Sophrosune in Euripides' Hippolytus" Classical Antiquity 30.1 (2011) 148-177.

 

PM

Shawn Doyle: How to make my case: Writing response papers

title page of Racine's Phedre
Title page of Phedre et Hippolyte (1678)

Week II

Day 6

AM

Jean Racine, Phèdre, trans. Robert Bruce Boswell (2008) (Moodle)

Racine's Theatre and the Rules of Theater: Richard Goodkin, "Neoclasical Dramatic Theory in Seventeenth-Century France," A Companion to Tragedy (Wiley-Blackwell 2009) 373-92

 

PM

Jen Rouse, Academic honesty, or are Lumley and Racine plagiarists?

 

Music, Dance, Chorus

Day 7

AM

Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus (Oedipus the King) (428-25 BCE) in Sophocles, Theban Plays
Guide to Oedipus the King (Mitchell-Boyask); episodic/choral structure
More detailed study guide
(Ablemedia)

Optional: Bernard Knox, Oedipus at Thebes (Yale 1957)
Simon Goldhill, "Blindness and Insight," Reading Greek Tragedy (Cambridge 1986) 205-21

 

PM

 

Day 8

AM

Martha Graham, Night Journey (1947)

Music, Dance, Chorus in Greek tragedy: David Wiles, "The Performer," Greek Theatre Performance: An Introduction (Cambridge 2000) 128-47;
Rush Rehm, Greek Tragic Theatre (Routledge 1994) 41-51;
Claude Calame, "The Tragic Choral Group: Dramatic Roles and Social Functions," A Companion to Tragedy (Wiley-Blackwell 2009) 215-33 (skip 218-22).

 

PM

Jen Rouse, Beyond Wikipedia and Spark Notes: How to do college-level research

Day 9

AM

Rita Dove, The Darker Face of the Earth (1996)
Production at Temple University; Oberlin production

Slave songs and the chorus in The Darker Face of the Earth
Optional: William Cook and James Tatum, "Aristotle and The Darker Face of the Earth," African American Writers and Classical Tradition (Chicago 2010) 330-40.
Barbara Goff and Michael Simpson, "Oedipus Rebound: Rita Dove's The Darker Face of the Earth," Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora (Oxford 2007) 135-77.

 

PM

Darker Face of the Earth (cont.)

Day 10

AM

Midterm Exam

 

PM

no class

Death of creon's daughter
The princess is dying after putting on the poisoned garments that were a "gift" from Medea; to the left, her father, King Creon, attempts to help her and is himself poisoned, while Jason, on the right vainly tries to pull the flaming diadem from her head. Medea's old nurse, who delivered the gifts, flees on the right.
Red figure volute krater attributed to the "Underworld Painter" (330-20 BCE)

Week III

Day 11

AM

Aristotle's Poetics, Chapters 1-18
Study Guide for Aristotle's Poetics
Unity of action in Oedipus the King (McManus)

Optional: David Konstan, "Aristotle on the Tragic Emotions," The Soul of Tragedy: Essays on Athenian Drama, edd. Victoria Pedrick and Stephen Oberhelman (Chicago 2005) 13-25.

 

PM

Sheila Murnaghan, "Women in Greek Tragedy," A Companion to Tragedy. (Wiley-Blackwell 2009) 234-50 (Moodle). Please identify the thesis and write an outline or summary of the article.

Draft Bibliography due at 5:00 p.m.

 

Embodying Tragic Characters: the Actor and the Mask

Day 12

AM

Euripides, Medea (431 BCE)
Mythological background to Medea (McManus)
Guide to Medea (Mitchell-Boyask); episode/choral structure;
Ancestry of Phaedra, Ariadne, and Medea

David Wiles, "The Actor," Greek Theatre Performance: An Introduction (Cambridge 2000) 147-59. (Moodle)

Optional: Helene Foley, "Tragic Wives: Medea's Divided Self," Female Acts in Greek Tragedy (Princeton 2001) 243-71.
Fiona Macintosh, "Parricide versus Filicide: Oedipus and Medea on the Modern Stage," Tragedy in Transition, edd. Sarah Ames Brown and Catherine Silverstone (Blackwell 2007) 192-211.

 

PM

 

Day 13

AM

Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
Study Questions (Stanford University)

 

 

PM

Final Bibliography due at 5:00 p.m.

Optional: Terry Otten, "Transfiguring the Narrative: Beloved from Melodrama to Tragedy," Critical Essays on Toni Morrison's Beloved (G. K. Hall 1998)
Lillian Corti, "Medea and Beloved: Self-Definition and Abortive Nurturing in Literary Treatments of the Infanticidal Mother," Disorderly Eaters: Texts in Self-Empowerment, edd. Lilian Furst and Peter Graham (Penn State 1992)

Day 14

AM

Toni Morrison, Beloved (cont.)

Opening Convocation, 11:10, Kimmel Theatre, Kathy Obear, speaking about issues in The Other Wes Moore, including on discovering our identity and how we can creat an inclusive community on the hilltop

 

PM


 

Tragedy and Ritual

Day 15

AM

Euripides, Bacchae (405 BCE)

Maenads and the Cult of Dionysos

Optional: Victoria Wohl, "Beyond Sexual Difference: Becoming-Woman in Euripides' Bacchae," The Soul of Tragedy: Essays on Athenian Drama, edd. Victoria Pedrick and Stephen Oberhelman (Chicago 2005) 137-54.

 

PM

Conferences with each group to discuss your script for the final Tragedy Project

Summary/Reaction due Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Week IV

Day 16

AM

Tragedy and Ritual:
Friedrich Nietzsche, Birth of Tragedy (1872)
René Girard, Violence and the Sacred (1977)

 

PM

Wole Soyinka, The Bacchae: A Communion Rite

Optional: Neil Rhodes, "Tarzan of Athens, Dionysos in Africa: Wilson Knight and Wole Soyinka," Tragedy in Transition, edd. Sarah Ames Brown and Catherine Silverstone (Blackwell 2007) 232-48.
Barbara Goff, "Dionysiac Triangles: The Politics of Culture in Wole Soyinka's The Bacchae of Euripides," The Soul of Tragedy: Essays on Athenian Drama, edd. Victoria Pedrick and Stephen Oberhelman (Chicago 2005) 73-90.

Day 17

AM

Tragedy and Film: House of Sand and Fog (2003)

 

PM

 

Day 18

AM

Submit portfolio and reflective essay

 

 

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