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This course will explore the ways in which Greek tragedy survives and is recreated in modern film, theatre, and literature. By reading ancient tragedies in translation and analyzing modern reproductions of the same or similar themes, students will come to understand how the tragic genre continues to explore the human question and why tragedy endures across vast intervening temporal, ethnic, and cultural distances. As Aristotle once wrote, the essence of this art is that it describes, not the thing that has been, but the kind of thing that might be. Explore with me the implications of ancient tragic motifs within our contemporary social and political context in order to achieve a better understanding of the complex relationship between art and culture, and between literature and history.