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LIST 545: Tragedy & Philosophy

Area: Classical Perspectives
Instructor: Joel Mann

Course Description
A study of tragedy as a dramatic and literary form and the different Western philosophical heories of tragedy inspired by that art form. One half of the course will concentrate on Greek tragedy (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides) and its commentators, both ancient (Plato and Aristotle) and modern. The second half will examine both Renaissance and modern examples of the tragic tradition with contemporary philosophical readings on the significance of that tradition.

Required Book List

  • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound and Other Plays. London: Penguin Classics, 1961. ISBN 0-14044-112-3.
  • Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. Richard Janko. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1987. ISBN 0-87220-033-7.
  • Euripides. Euripides 1: MedeaHecuba, Andromache, The Bacchae. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.  ISBN 0-81221-626-1.
  • Miller, Arthur. Death of A Salesman: Text and Criticism. Ed. Gerald Weales. New York:Penguin, 1996. ISBN 0-1402-4773-4.
  • Nietzsche. The Birth of Tragedy. Trans. Walter Kaufmann. New York: Vintage, 1967. ISBN 0-39470-369-3.
  • Plato. Republic. Trans. C.D.C. Reeve. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2004. ISBN 0-87220-736-6.
  • Shakespeare, William. King Lear. New York: Washington Square Press, 2004. ISBN 0-74348-276-X.
  • Sophocles. Antigone. Trans. Paul Woodruff. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2001. ISBN 0-87220-571-1.