Classical Myth Theatre And Film

Classical Myth Theater &  Film

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CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY, MODERN THEATER, AND FILM SPRING, 2003
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CLAS- 2318 Fahy 303
Professor: Fred Booth 973-275-5822 boothfre@shu.edu
TR 1:00-11:15
Office Hour: 234 Fahy Hall Tuesday 8:45- 9:45 and by appointment
Required Texts:
Grene and Lattimore, Euripides 1, University of Chicago
Grene and Lattimore, Aeschylus I , University of Chicago
Morford and Lenardon, Classical Mythology (7th ed.), Oxford
website: http://www.oup-usa.org/sc/0195143388/
O���Neill, Three Plays, Vintage
Shaw, Pygmalion, Dover
Recommended texts:
Homer Odyssey, tr. Fitzgerald
Ovid, Metamorphoses, tr. Humphries
On Reserve at the Library:
Solomon: The Ancient World in the Cinema
Winkler: Classics and Cinema
Useful resource: www.imdb.com (Interactive Movie Database)
Welcome to Classical Mythology, Modern Theater and Film.

The course will examine the ways in which modern dramatists and film makers incorporate plots, themes and characters of ancient mythology into their work. This class will explore some of the wide range of adaptations. Some are fairly faithful reproductions of the classical originals; others are modern versions; still others share only a theme with the ancient originals. I have included several versions of the Orpheus, Pygmalion, and Jason and Medea stories.

We will view some movies in their entirety and only selected scenes from others.

We will read several ancient and modern plays, as well as textbook material. In a class like this it is essential that you read the ancient original before you consider the modern adaptation, whether a drama or film or both. Therefore, there will be short quizzes on the reading assignments. There will be no make-ups, since the point is to read the texts before seeing the films.

Grades will be based on attendance and class participation, quizzes, midterm and final exams, and a term paper. Attendance is essential since you will not be able to see the movies if you are not in class.. I will suggest a list of topics for term papers, or you may choose your own with my approval. You must commit to your topic by March 27.

The class will be conducted according to the guidelines for academic integrity as they are outlined in the Seton Hall catalogue.

I am looking forward studying classical myths and their modern adaptations with you.

Class

DateTopic

1. T. 1/14 Introduction

2. Th. 1/16 Homer���s Odyssey
M&L Ch. 21
3. T. 1/21 Homer Odyssey Books 9 -10
Film: Ulysses
4. Th. 1/23 Homer Odyssey Books 11 -12
Film: The Odyssey (mini-series)
5. T. 1/28 Homer Odyssey Books 17, 21, 22
Film: Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
6. Th. 1/30 M&L Ch. 18 The Mycenaean Saga,
Aeschylus: Agamemnon
7. T. 2/4 O���Neill: Mourning Becomes Electra (Part I)
Film: Mourning Becomes Electra (Part I)
8. Th. 2/6 O���Neill: Mourning Becomes Electra (Part I)


Film: Mourning Becomes Electra (Part I)


9.T. 2/11 Aeschylus: The Libation Bearers
10. Th. 2/13 O���Neill: Mourning Becomes Electra (Part 2)
Film: : Mourning Becomes Electra (Part 2)
11. T. 2/18 O���Neill: Mourning Becomes Electra (Part 2)
Film: : Mourning Becomes Electra (Part 2)
12. Th. 2/20 M&L: Ch. 24. Jason, Medea, and the Argonauts
13. T. 2/25 Film: Jason and the Argonaut
14. Th. 2/27 Film: Jason and the Argonauts
15. T. 3/4 Review
16. Th. 3/6 Midterm Exam
17. T. 3/18 Euripides: Medea
18. Th. 3/20 Film: Medea
19. T. 3/25 Film: Medea
20. Th. 3/27 M&L pp. 175-177 Pygmalion
Shaw: Pygmalion
Paper Topics Are Due
21. T. 4/1 Film:: Pygmalion
22. Th. 4/3 Film: Pygmalion
23. T. 4/8 Film: My Fair Lady
24. Th. 4/10 M&L: Ch.16 Orpheus and Orphism
25. T. 4/15 Film: Black Orpheus
26. T. 4/22 Film: Black Orpheus
27. Th. 4/36 Film: Cocteau Orpheus
28. Th. 4/29 Film: Cocteau Orpheus
29. Th. 5/1 Papers are due.
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