Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2020

Taught By: Justin Neuman

Section: A

CRN: 7105

Credits: 4

This course surveys the genre of tragedy from its origins in ancient Greece through the European Renaissance to the present day, asking how notions of tragedy and modes of tragic action change through time, across literary genres, and between cultures. We will investigate how the concept of tragedy has been applied to particular events—what counts as a tragedy? who gets to be a tragic figure and who is excluded from such an honor?—and examine the politics implicit in the form—is tragedy the story of the one or the many? The story of the strong or of the weak? Discussion and analysis will engage themes of justice, the scapegoat, religion, free will, family, gender, race, and dramaturgy. Works addressed will include plays by Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare, Racine, Goethe, Chekhov, Ibsen, Brecht, Lorca, Shange, and Sarah Ruhl. The class is open to students of all levels and will offer training in textual analysis and persuasive argument through reading, writing, and discussion.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2020 (Tuesday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:30am 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 465

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/7/2020