WRT 120 Syllabus
Lit 165 Syllabus
About the Instructor
Notes for Introduction to Literature
Fundamental Questions About Literature
Critical Approaches to Literature
Critical Thinking and Reading Literature
Notes on Four Short Stories
Defining the Short Story
The Genesis of the Short Story
The Art of the Short Story
Responding to 'The Birthmark'
Notes on Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Guided Reading of 'Bartleby'
'Bartleby--Questions for Analysis
A Cultural Context for 'Bartleby'
A Vocabulary for Fiction and Beyond
Notes on Innovative Fiction
Young Man on Sixth Avenue
A Study Guide for the Fiction Exam
The Craft of Poetry: Imagery
The Craft of Poetry: Sound
The Craft of Poetry: Structure
Lines of Continuity
Study Guide for the Poetry Exam
The Birth of Greek Tragedy
Stepping Through OEDIUPS THE KING
Aristotle's 'Tragic Hero'
Questions for Studying OEDIUPS
The Relevance of OEDIPUS Today
Study Guide for the Drama Exam
Notes for Effective Writing I
Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'
Announcements and Assignments
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A Study Guide for the Drama Exam ~~
Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature, 6/e
A Study of Sophocles
Oedipus the King (p. 976-1017)
On Tragic Character (p. 1018-1020)
on this website:
Birth of Drama
Through 'Oedipus the King'
'Oedipus the King'
The Relevance 'Oedipus'Today
and the Greek Theater
- Who was Sophocles?
In what ways did his work stand out and how was he innovative?
- What were the
theatrical conventions of Greek theater? Based on your reading of the play,
which of these conventions are used in Oedipus the King?
- How were ancient
Greek plays structured? Define prologue, parados, episodia, stasimon, exodus.
- What is tragedy?
How does Michael Meyer, editor of your textbook, define literary tragedy (p.
973)? How did Aristotle define the tragic hero (p. 1018-20)? What effect should
tragedy have on its audience? What is catharsis?
- What is dramatic
irony and where is it present in Oedipus the King?
the play, you should be prepared to answer questions about:
- the names, identities,
character traits of all the characters in the play (you should know who is
who, to the extent that you can identify the character given an example of
- details concerning
what happens throughout the play and how certain scenes advance the plot or
the play, you should be prepared to answer questions which ask you to analyze
- the role of
the chorus, how it responds to the action in the play, particularly on pp.
981-82, 989, 999-1000, 1008-09, 1017.
- the ways in
which the play illustrates Aristotle's declarations about tragedy and tragic
- several themes
evoked by the play, as discussed in class and/or in notes assigned on the