College of Arts and Sciences | What is Tragedy? (A&H) (3 cr.)
E103 | 11481 | Brillaud

11:15 AM – 12:05 PM TR
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What did Antigone and Marilyn Monroe have in common? They were both
viewed as tragic heroines in their own times. This course is an
exploration of the human experience called tragedy. We will see that
from fourth century Athens to twenty-first century Hollywood the
concept of tragedy has constantly been redefined and little, if any,
consensus has been reached on what constitutes a tragedy.

Our discussions will be centered on artistic expressions of the
tragic; whether a play, a novel, or a movie. We will also read
philosophical texts and analyze current media use of the
term ”tragedy” in an attempt to answer the question: What is

The readings include excerpts from Aristotle, Plato, Saint
Augustine, and Nietzsche, and complete works from Sophocles,
Shakespeare, Faulkner, Beckett, and White.  We will watch several
movies, including Hamlet with Ethan Hawke.