[Loyola University Chicago]

CLST 273 / WSGS 297 - Classical Tragedy with a focus on Women's Studies and Gender

Fall Semester 2012

Medea, South-Italian krater, late 5th - early 4th c BC

This Tier 2 Literary Knowledge course surveys some of the masterworks of Classical Athens' stage -a living basis of modern Western drama- with a particular focus on concerns of women's studies and gender. How do plays written for competition in civic festivals, for a community that identified the capacity for full civic participation as men's, not women's, deal with figures of women? What capacity for action and choice do women in classical tragedy enjoy, in comparison with men and in relationship to men? How are women's actions and choices evaluated? Our primary material will be translated texts of ancient tragedies; we will also assess selected pieces of modern feminist criticism of classical tragedy and the world for which it was initially written and performed. Discussion, research and writing, and our own experiments in performance, will help us to see through the literary representation of female figures on the ancient stage to transcendent concerns to which the dramatic festival-competitions paid tribute, including women's part in justice, human dignity, the civic community, and cosmic order.

Our work will pursue four main aims (plus the fifth, of having fun with all of them):

Monday - Wednesday - Friday, 9:20-10:10 AM
Dumbach Hall 234
Dr. Jacqueline Long

Office Hours: Sullivan Center 228, WF 10:25-11:30 AM, or by appointment
e-mail: jlong1@luc.edu


Policies and Assessment

Schedule of Reading Assignments and Topics

Performances and Performance-Essays

Reading Journal-Entries

Additional Resources

Basics of Academic Life: Studying and introductory Research and Writing

Women and Gender, Drama and Theaters in the ancient Greek and Roman world
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Revised 13 August 2012 by jlong1@luc.edu