603-102-MQ, The Hero's Fall: The Elements of Tragic Drama
Though the nature and form of tragic drama have greatly evolved since its development in ancient Greece, Aristotle’s Poetics has remained a point of reference in the criticism of tragedy since the Renaissance. In this course, students will acquire an understanding of this genre, including elements such as character, diction, thought, spectacle and song, as well as other techniques, conventions and formal components to which he makes allusion. Students will also develop analytical skills which will enable them to recognize these devices in three examples of tragic drama.