Euripides: the Varieties of Tragedy

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Online

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Thu, Nov 19, 6:30pm - Dec 17, 9:30pm Eastern Time (4 sessions)

Important:
Class will not meet Thursday, November 26th.
Description
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 12

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this lecture class:

To Aristotle, Euripides was “the most tragic of poets.” To his contemporary Aristophanes, he was a “morality-destroying quibbler and quarreler.” To Nietzsche, Euripides was, along with Socrates, the co-destroyer of tragedy. Behind these critical evaluations stands an extraordinarily variegated body of work: tragedies of intense psychological focus, of political engagement and despair, of romantic intrigue and comic escape, of divine travesty and terror. In Euripides, women, refugees, and slaves come to the fore; tragedy and comedy are ecstatically interwoven; and old myths are subject to rational and moral critique. In what ways did Euripides remake—or, as Nietzsche has it, destroy—tragic drama? And, what can a reading of Euripides’s diverse range of work teach us: about the nature, technique, aesthetics, and experience of tragedy?

In this course, we will read and discuss a representative selection of Euripides‘ tragedies—plays that exemplify the imaginative range and interpretative challenge of his work—including AlcestisHippolytusTrojan WomenIphigenia in Aulis, and Bacchae. Throughout, we will give attention to the contemporary political and social dilemmas and catastrophes that shaped Euripides‘ work, as well as to his remarkably productive afterlife in the work of poets and critics to come. What compelled Euripides to revise and interrogate the great Greek myths? How, in a democratic Athens in crisis, was Euripides received—and how might he serve today as an example of the engaged artist? In what ways are tragedy and democracy mutually constitutive? How does Euripidean tragedy function as a forum for social and personal self-reflection?

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Refund Policy

Upon request, we will refund the entire cost of a class up until 1 week before its start date. Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to a 75% refund. After the first class: 50%. After the second: 25%. No refunds will be given after the third class.

Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Bruce King & Laura Slatkin 4 $315
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Thu, Dec 03 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Bruce King & Laura Slatkin
Thu, Dec 10 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Bruce King & Laura Slatkin
Thu, Dec 17 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Bruce King & Laura Slatkin

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