Ancient Drama and Modern Evocations in Drama and Film

Bella Vivante
FRIDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 23, 30, 2012
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Ancient Drama and Modern Evocations in Drama and Film

Spring 2012
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FRIDAYS
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 23, 30, 2012

Location: 

Main Campus

After 2500 years, Ancient Greek Drama still fascinates modern audiences. In this course students will explore the interactions between the ancient and modern. By reading ancient Greek plays or poems and reading or viewing a modern play or film based on the ancient, students will discuss the themes and ideas prevalent in the ancient, how these are treated in the modern versions, and why these ancient themes still appeal to dramatists, cinematographers and their audiences. The modern versions are selected for the thought-provoking perspectives they provide on their ancient forerunners. These will include selections from Homer’s Iliad, Sophocles’ Oedipus cycle and Euripides’ Medea and Hippolytus (featuring Phaedra), and modern dramatic or cinematic renditions by Anouilh, Marcel Camus, Dassin, Pasolini, Peterson and Wise. 
 

Required Reading: 

Homer. The Iliad.  Trans. Stanley Lombardo. Hackett Pub. Co., 1997. ISBN: 0-87220-352-2.

Sophocles. Theban Plays. Trans. Peter Meineck. Hackett Pub. Co., 2003. ISBN: 0-87220-585-1.

Euripides. Iphigeneia at Aulis. Trans. W.S. Merwin and G.E. Dimock Jr. Oxford University Press, 1992. ISBN: 0-19-507709-1.

Euripides. Medea. Trans. Robin Robertson. Free Press, 2009. ISBN: 1416592253.

There will also be a FastCopy package of copied materials for sale through the UA Bookstore shortly before the beginning of the seminar.

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Meet Your Professor

Professor Emerita
Department of Religious Studies and Classics

Honored to receive 2018’s Ted & Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award, Bella brings her enthusiastic love of Ancient Greek poetry and culture to her HSP classes: Homer’s brilliant epics, select themes in Greek drama, Ancient Anatolia, more. See this dynamic antiquity in her Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean, translation of Euripides’s Helen in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides, or Women and Family in Ancient Greece DVD.

Location

Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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