Fall Semester 2010 Wed / Fri 13:30

Eng 3220: Approaches to Western Literature: Tragic Women

Brother Anthony (An Sonjae) (ansonjae@sogang.ac.kr)

Some of the most powerful tragedies in the history of drama are those which focus on suffering women. The ancient Greek theater provides many of the most enduring examples. This course focusses on a few key female protagonists in dramas mostly from Greek antiquity. Much class time will be spent watching and reading plays and discussing their depictions of tragic women.

Week 1  [Sept 1 & 3]  Introduction to Greek Tragedy

Week 2  [Sept 8 & 10]  Antigone (YouTube) The devoted sister

Week 3  [Sept 15 & 17] Medea  The humiliated wife

Week 4  [Sept 24] Medea

Week 5  [Sept 29 / Oct 1] Phaedra (Euripides  'Hippolytus')   (Racine   YouTube)  The amorous stepmother

Week 6  [Oct 6 & 8] continued

Week 7  [Oct 13 & 15] Shakespeare: King Lear (summary) Daughters and sisters, natural and unnatural

Week 8  Mid-term Exams

Week 9  [Oct 27 & 29]  Iphigenia in Aulis  The sacrificed daughter

Week 10 [Nov 3 & 5]  Aeschylus 'Agamemnon'  (YouTube) The unfaithful wife

Week 11 [Nov 10 & 12] Aeschylus 'Coephoroi'   (YouTube) The avenging daughter

Week 12 [Nov 17 & 19] Electra (Sophocles)  

Week 13  [Nov 24 ] Electra (Euripides)

Week 14  [Dec 1 & 3]  Shakespeare: Macbeth (SummaryVideo  The ambitious wife

Week 15  [Dec 8 & 10] Iphigenia in Tauris  The reconciling sister
Week 16 Exams



Texts are in PDF format for easy printing-out


For the Midterm Evaluation, each student will write a report 
:  "Discuss the ways in which Justice, blindness, pride and fate are major themes in Antigone, Medea, Hipploytus and Phedre and analyse the female figures' particular qualities in each play."  (due on the Monday after the exams in my mailbox in the English Department office).

Each student will prepare a final report (due on the Monday after the exams end), comparing the representation and roles of the women in "Agamemnon" and "The Coephoroi" by Aeschylus, "Antigone" and "Electra" by Sophocles and ""Medea" and "Electra" by Euripides.


In addition to the above assignments, there will be a midterm and a final examination. Each exam and report will be of equal importance