COMPLIT 382 - Literature and the Other Arts
Section: 001 Greek Myth in Film
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Cinema has often tried to depict the Greek gods, heroines, and lands in the same terms as the ancients talked about them. But it has also often tried to update them and bring them closer to our own reality. What happens when films adapt Greek tales to modern times? When Medea, Antigone, and Electra appear in South Africa, Poland, or Tunisia? When Orpheus, Ulysses, and Oedipus suffer in the American South, Yugoslavia, or Italy? This course will examine the uses of Greek myth in movies that remove the stories from their original setting and take them to different lands and times. The goal of the course is to examine the mutually reinforcing overlap between myth, literature, and cinema. The movies will have neither ancient columns nor mythical monsters but they will show how fate can still turn us all into wandering, questioning Greeks.

Requirements: class participation, short class presentation, midterm, final.

COMPLIT 382 - Literature and the Other Arts
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001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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