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This unit explores a selection of playscripts by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. The six tragedies selected for close study embody radically different ways of confronting sex, death and vengeance.
Four strands are interwoven in this study:
(i) The times and worlds of the actual plays themselves in ancient Athens of the fifth century B.C.;
(ii) Some influential responses to the playwrights themselves which we have inherited as dominant intellectual frameworks (or ideologies) such as those associated with Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Freud amongst others;
(iii) Ways of reading and performing the plays themselves, taking account of the physical characteristics of ancient Greek theatre; and
(iv) Adaptations of the plays, ranging from cinematic renditions to modern stage versions.
Tutorial participation and presentation 10%, Critical analysis 1800 words 45%, Thematic essay or creative-exegetical project 1800 words 45%
Online exercise 10%, Critical analysis 1800 words 45%, Thematic essay or creative-exegetical project 1800 words 45%
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