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Unit information: Receptions of Greek Tragedy in 2018/19

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Unit name Receptions of Greek Tragedy
Unit code CLAS30018
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Zajko
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit will take as its focus some of the most influential ancient Greek plays and moments in their reception history in the 20th Century. It will explore the broad question of how the modern world has appropriated Greek drama to make sense of its own identity. It will study a selection of theoretical, theatrical and cinematic texts which raise important issues about the possibility of cultural translation and the politicisation of the classical past.

Aims:

To engage with canonical Greek plays and with important moments in their modern history

To gain understanding of and ability to analyse different ways of thinking about the significance of tragedy and the tragic in modernity

To develop critical interaction with primary and secondary materials

To develop written presentation skills through the course assessment

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will:

(1)be familiar with the differing ways in which tragedy has been configured in the texts studied, and the uses to which these have been put

(2)have developed an appropriate level of skills in reading and interpreting different kinds of texts in relation to issues of reception and translation

(3)be able to use the knowledge acquired in seminars and through independent research to construct coherent, relevant and critical arguments concerning the interpretative issues raised by the texts studied

In addition students will

(4)have had the opportunity to develop their skills in written communication appropriate to level H.

Teaching details

3 hours per week (seminar)

Assessment Details

One summative coursework essay of 3000 words (50%) and one unseen examination of 2 hours (50%). Both elements will assess ILOs (1) (2) (3). The coursework essay in particular will offer students the opportunity to demonstrate ILO (4).

Reading and References

R. Bowlby (2007) Freudian Mythologies: Greek Tragedy and Modern Identities, Oxford University Press

P. Easterling (ed.) (1996) The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy, Cambridge University Press

R. Felski (ed.) (2008) Rethinking Tragedy, John Hopkins University Press

E. Hall et al. (eds.) (2004) Dionysus Since 69: Greek Tragedy at the Dawn of the Third Millennium, Oxford University Press

E. Hall & S. Harrop (eds.) (2010) Theorizing Performance: Greek Drama, Cultural History, and Critical Practice, Duckworth

A. Poole (2005) Tragedy: a Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press

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