Coursework: THTR 440A (3 credits)
This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. ARA is a generous funding body made of the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, Anonymous Donors and Go Global that supports research intensive Global Seminars. ARA Funding provides eligible students 70% of funding for the Program Fee, and a budgeted flight. Please read the details in the Eligibility and Program Fees and Costs for greater detail.
The poetic traditions of ancient Greece were deeply rooted in place and cultural events and practices. This course seeks to explore ancient Greek drama beyond the confines of the traditional classroom by associating texts with particular sites in Greece and particular ancient performance traditions and conventions. Students will be encouraged to think about not only how text creates meaning, but also how performance creates meaning, and how physical and cultural spaces exert influence. As an interdisciplinary course, it is expected that students will bring their own disciplinary practices to bear on the course material, but also be open to engaging with the ways in which other disciplines can be used to engage with the same material. It is expected that students will embrace thinking about poetry that sits not quietly on the page, but resounds in the ancient performance space; to think about how cultural products can be both universal and yet rooted in time and place; and to see that the traditions they are learning about, which often seem distant and abstract, have a tangible form where the ghosts of the past can be felt amidst the ruins.
This is a research-intensive course and as such it will place significant demands on students. Students who enroll in this course need not be the academically strongest of students, but they must be committed to completing the required readings, engaging with course material and their classmates’ ideas, and being a present, active, and considerate participant during group discussions.