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Fall 2017 Undergraduate English Courses: Theories and Methods

359:470 History and Theory of Tragedy

02   MW7  CAC  21024  BUCKLEY  SC-207

This course will explore, contextualize, and assess the most prominent and influential works in the history and theory of tragedy, beginning with the iconic dramas of Greek antiquity that marked tragedy’s birth and extending through the landmarks of modern philosophy that accompanied its presumptive death.  We will examine tragic drama’s formal development and changing outlook and concerns over time; we’ll become acquainted with some of the masterworks of aesthetic criticism and cultural theory that such plays prompted; and we’ll investigate tragedy’s profound impact—as a specific art, as an aesthetic idea, and as a philosophy of history and existential insight—on human civilization and cultural thought.