Curses! The Oresteia and Mourning Becomes Electra

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Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.  6-week course begins 11/8

Written and performed in 5th-century Athens, the Oresteia of Aeschylus is the archetypical tale of pride, sex, revenge, and horror. In the 20th century the American playwright Eugene O’Neill took the story and set it in a New England seaside town.  We will read and discuss each play in the two trilogies. Required reading: Texts will be available free on the Internet and in downloadable files. In class we will use Richard Lattimore’s translation of the Oresteia. Paul Kalkstein, as an undergraduate concentrator in English Literature and the Classics at Princeton, developed a taste for literary horror and enjoys spreading the blood and gore.