[GLAM 200] Greco-Roman Literature and its Post-Classical Tradition–The Allure of Tragedy: Greco-Roman Drama Through Shakespeare
In those times when life seems chaotic, when the world seems to be bubbling over with political and cultural crises, when nothing seems to be going well, why is it that humans come to crave, in those moments, an entertainment as fundamentally destabilizing, disheartening, and terrifying as tragic drama? In this course, students explore ancient Greco-Roman tragedy, focusing on two questions: how these texts work as performance pieces with generic and pragmatic constraints, and how they use what we might call horror to reflect and comment on the pressing social issues of their time. The course also considers, briefly, theoretical approaches to the effects of tragedy in society and Shakespearean adaptation of Greco-Roman themes and theatrical techniques. Taught in English.