Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — Viking Theater

Great Conversation Plenary Lecture

"An Introduction to Greek Tragedy"

Jeanne Willcoxon

Assistant Professor of Theater

The Great Conversation is one of St. Olaf’s signature learning communities. The program focuses on the Western experience — from the Greeks and Hebrews on through the 20th century — over a five-course sequence that takes students through their first and second years of college. From time to time, all students enrolled in the program gather for plenary lectures delivered by one of the program professors or by a guest lecturer from another department.

We invite you to share your thoughts and raise questions (via the "Participate" tab above), and watch a faculty-led follow-up discussion.

Students will have read:

Afterwards they will read:

  • Sophocles, Antigone
  • Euripides, Bakkhai (Bacchae), Part XV
  • Sophocles, Oedipus
  • Euripedes, Bakkhai (Bacchae) (all)

Supplemental reading:

  • Graf, Fritz. "Religion and Drama." The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre. Ed. Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton.  NY: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Print.
  • Griffiths, Mark. "Telling the Tale: A Performing Tradition." The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre. Ed. Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton. NY: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Print.
  • Herodotus. On the War for Greek Freedom. Trans. Samuel Shirley. Ed. James Romm. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Co., Inc. 2003.
  • Jones, John. On Aristotle and Greek Tragedy. London: Chatto & Windus, 1967. Print.
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich. The Birth of Tragedy and The Case of Wagner.  Trans. Walter Kaufmann. NY: Vintage Books, 1967. Print.
  • Nussbaum, Martha. The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy. NY: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Print.
  • Plato. "Ion." The Dialogues of Plato: A Selection. Trans. Benjamin Jowett. NY: Oxford University Press, 1927.Print.
  • Schechner, Richard. Performance Theory. NY:Routledge, 2003. Print.
  • Williams, Raymond. Modern Tragedy. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1966. Print

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Joshua Wyatt '05

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Cory Grider '17

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