Undergraduate Course: Tragedy (CLTR10003)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course offers an introduction to ancient Greek Tragedy via reading in translation. Students will read a number of Greek tragedies and examine them according to major contemporary interpretative trends.
The tragedies read may vary from year to year. The following syllabus is only meant as an illustration of the type of material to be read.
Week 1: a) Introduction. The dramatic festivals; Basics of Stage conventions.
b) Poetics 1: Readings: Aristotle, Poetics (pp. 3-30)
Week 2: a) Poetics 2 b) Modern critical approaches
Week 3: a) Aeschylus Agamemnon 1 b) Agamemnon 2
Week 4: Aeschylus a) The Libation bearers b) The Furies
Week 5: a) Oresteia, conclusion b) Excursus: Athens 458-400 B.C.
Week 6: a) Intro to Sophocles; Aias 1 b); Aias 2
Week 7: a) Oedipus the King 1 b) Oedipus the King 2
Week 8: a) Poetics 3: b) intro to Euripides
Week 9: a) Medea 1 b) Medea 2
Week 10: a) Electra 1 b) Electra 2
Week 11: a) Helen 1 b) Helen 2
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Classical Literature) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion a command of the primary set texts;
- demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion familiarity with the interpretative issues raised by the primary texts;
- demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion an understanding of important modern interpretative strategies and an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate in written examinations, in course work, and in tutorial discussion independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Goward, B.(1999): Telling Tragedy: Narrative Techniques in Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, London.|
Gregory, J. ed. (2005/08) A Companion to Greek Tragedy, Blackwell.
Kraus, C., Goldhill, S., Foley, H., Elsner, J. (eds.; 2007): Visualizing the tragic: drama, myth and ritual in Greek art and literature (Festschrift Zeitlin), Oxford.
Lattimore, R. (1964) Story Patterns in Greek Tragedy, Ann Arbor.
Lesky, A. (1965) Greek Tragedy, London.
McAuslan, I. & Walcot, P. (eds 1993) Greek Tragedy, Oxford.
Pelling C.B.R. (ed. 1990) Characterisation and Individuality in Greek Literature Oxford.
D.C. Pozzi and J. M. Wickersham (ed. 1991) Myth and the Polis Ithaca.
Segal, E., ed., (1983) Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy, Oxford (collection of essays).
Silk, M. (ed. 1996) Tragedy and the Tragic, Oxford.
Stanford, W.B. (1983) Greek Tragedy and the Emotions, London.
Taplin, O. (1978) Greek Tragedy in Action, London.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
|Keywords||Tragedy / Ancient Greek
|Course organiser||Dr Giulia Biffis
Tel: (0131 6)51 1925
|Course secretary||Ms Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582