MTWThF 1:10pm - 3:10pm
Literature of the Plague
This class uses the occasion of the pandemic to re-visit the great plagues of the past by sampling the literature they inspired. From the setting of Oedipus, the 430 BCE plague described by Thucydides, through excerpts of the Decameron of Boccaccio, the background of Ben Jonson's Alchemist and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, to the first-hand accounts of Samuel Pepys' diary and Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Great Plague in London, to Edgar Allen Poe's Masque of the Red Death, the first AIDS plays of the 1980s, to theorizing the plague with Artaud's Theatre and the Plague, we explore the artistic legacy of pestilence.
Survey of narrative tradition and structure as they pertain to arts, culture, history, and society. Examines the origins and uses of narrative on a global scale, and presents the various forms of storytelling that inform our daily lives, in particular the dramatic arts. Offered: S.
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
April 22, 2020 - 9:02pm