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Classical Traditions

ENGL 029.401
crosslisted as: CLST 102
instructor(s):
TR 12-1:30pm

This course will examine the relationship between English literature and that of ancient Greece and Rome. At times we will discuss how classical theories of genre and aesthetics were appropriate and reinvented in medieval, renaissance, and seventeenth-century texts. What does it mean to call Hamlet and Oedipus The King tragedies, or The Frogs and The Way Of The World comedies? Should we consider the development of English drama and poetry as an extension of an imposing classcial traditon or as a sustained and resistant response to it?