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Daily Schedule

May 7 Introduction

May 8 The Nature and Context of Athenian Tragedy (pm only)

  • Selections from Aristotle's Poetics (in reader)
  • "The Great Dionysia" Csapo & Slater (in reader)
  • "Theater of the Polis" Longo (in reader)
  • "The Great Dionysia and Civic Ideology" Goldhill (in reader)

May 9 Aeschylus Agamemnon

May 10 Aeschylus Eumenides

  • Oral reports on producers/directors/poets and theatrical space
  • Eumenides (in GRTR vol. 3)
  • "The Dynamics of Misogyny: Myth and Mythmaking in the Oresteia" F. Zeitlin (in reader)

May 11 Sophocles Philoctetes

  • Philoctetes (in GRTR vol. 3)
  • Background on Sophocles

  • Choose one of the following (on reserve):
  • "Xenia in Sophocles' Philoctetes" E. Belfiore
  • "Infection in the Sentence: The Discourse of Disease in Sophocles' Philoctetes" N. Worman

May 14 Sophocles Antigone

  • Response Paper Due
  • Antigone(in GRTR vol. 1.)
  • Background on Antigone

  • Choose one of the following (on reserve):
  • "Assumptions and the Creation of Meaning: Reading Sophocles' Antigone" Sourvinou-Inwood
  • "Tragedy and Democratic Ideology: The Case of Sophocles' Antigone" H. Foley in History, Tragedy, Theory
  • "Antigone as Moral Agent" H. Foley in Tragedy and the Tragic
  • "Tragedy and the Fragility of Moral Reasoning: Response to Foley" Michael Trapp in Tragedy and the Tragic

May 15 Sophocles Oedipus at Colonus

  • oral reports on actors/music/dance/chorus, costumes & masks, and audience
  • Oedipus at Colonus (in GRTR vol. 3)
  • video: Gospel at Colonus

  • Choose one of the following (on reserve):
  • "The Unpolished Rock: Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus and the Lessons of Old Age" Thomas Falkner
  • "The Gospel at Colonus (And Other Black Morality Plays)" Mimi Giosolfi D'Aponte

May 16 Euripides Hippolytus

May 17 Euripides Hecuba

  • Hecuba (in reader)
  • "Slaves With Slaves: Women and Class in Euripidean Tragedy." Rabinowitz. (in reader)
  • video: Trojan Women

  • Choose one of the following (on reserve):
  • "Concepts of Demoralization in the Hecuba." Reckford in Directions in Euripidean Criticism
  • "Violence and the Other: Greek, Female, and Barbarian in Euripides' Hecuba." Segal
  • "Euripides and Aechylus: The Case of the Hekabe." Thalmann

May 18 Eurpides Medea

  • Medea (in Reader)
  • Women on the Edge, Intro (in Reader)
  • Background and Images for the Medea
  • video: Robinson Jeffers/Robert Whitehead Medea

  • Choose one of the following:
  • "Medea's Right Hand: Promises and Revenge." Flory
  • "Medea's Divided Self." Foley
  • "Medea at a Shifting Distance: Images and Euripidean Tragedy." Sorvinou-Inwood

May 21 Euripides Bacchae

  • Response Paper Due
    Bacchae (in GRTR vol. 3)
  • Background and Images for the Bacchae

  • Choose one of the following (on reserve):
  • "Catharsis, Audience, and Closure in Greek Tragedy" Segal in Tragedy and the Tragic
  • "Weeping, Witnessing, and the Tragic Audience: Response to Segal" Easterling in Tragedy and the Tragic
  • "Pentheus and the Spectator in Euripides' Bacchae" Barrett

May 22 Aristophanes Thesmophoriazusae

  • Thesmophoriazusae (in CPA)
  • Henderson's Introduction to Aristophanic comedy and the Thesmophoriazusae (in reader)
  • Background on Aristophanes

  • Choose one of the following (on reserve):
  • "Obscenity, Gender, and Social Status in Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae and Ecclesiazusae" McClure in Spoken Like a Woman
  • "Older Women in Attic Old Comedy" Henderson
  • "Men as Women: Thesmophoriazusae" Taafe

May 23 Aristophanes Frogs

  • Response Paper Due
  • Frogs (in CPA)

  • Choose one of the following (on reserve):
  • "The Heraclean Dionysus: Theatrical and Social Renewal in Aristophanes' Frogs" Padilla
  • "The Demos and the Comic Competition" Henderson in Nothing to Do With Dionysos?

May 24 Seneca Thyestes

  • oral reports on the context of Roman theater
  • Thyestes (in FTO)
  • Boyle's Introduction to the Roman Theatre (in reader)

  • Choose one of the following:
  • Fantham's Intro to Senecan Tragedy
  • "Dark Wit and Black Humor in Seneca's Thyestes"

Thurs pm Dinner and Horror fest at Cindy's
video: Halloween

May 25 Seneca Troades

  • Troades (in FTO)
  • Selections from Seneca's Philosophical Works

  • Choose one of the following (on reserve):
  • "Her Body Himself" Clover
  • "Split Vision: The Politics of the Gaze in Seneca's Troades" Benton

May 28 Seneca Medea

  • Response Paper Due
    Medea (in FTO)

  • Choose one of the following (on reserve):
  • "Serpents in the Soul: A Reading of Seneca's Medea." Nussbaum
  • "Film Theory and the Gendered Voice in Seneca." Robin in Feminist Theory and the Classics

May 29 Shakespeare Titus Andronicus

  • Titus Andronicus
  • video: Titus

May 30 Performances

  • Essay Due

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