Comp Lit 05.14.09 - 1 TragicChoruses a Nagyreading i :social,ritual. ii

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Comparative Literature 05/14/09 Libation Bearers and Model of Retributional Justice 1. Tragic Choruses a. Nagy reading i. Approached choruses from different perspectives: social, ritual. Connecting tragic choruses with  social experiences with Athenians. ii. 5 main points that Nagy emphasizes:  1. A tragic chorus reenacts a typical ensemble that interacts with archetypal figures of the       heroic world.  a. Reenactment of Mynesis that is performed by a tragic chorus analogous to  reenactment that is performed by lyric chorus. b. Choral songs incorporate the ritual dimension connected to practice of melic  choruses.  c. Reenactment of archetype: involves temporality that is connected to choral  songs.  d. To what extent does chorus intervene in fictional time (on stage) and to what  extent does it play out in a different time (broader)? 2. Social role of tragedy: tragic chorus performs a socializing and educative function     a. Chorus members are drafted Athenian citizens b. Being part of chorus= duty as citizen. c. Brought chorus members together; trained to sing + dance together (socializing  aspect) d. Plato mentions being part of chorus as fundamental element in Athenian  education. e. Analogous to musical harmony (metaphor for social harmony). f. John Winkler (Stanford prof) suggested that choral part played by ephebes  (young men about to become Athenian citizens) i. Chorus as a rite of passage 3. Relation between chorus and actors: the chorus is emotionally involved in the experience       of the actors a. However, they maintain a distance (not emerged in the action and emotional  intensity the way the actors do. b.
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2009 for the course COMP LIT 211-0 taught by Professor Hopman during the Spring '09 term at Northwestern.

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Comp Lit 05.14.09 - 1 TragicChoruses a Nagyreading i :social,ritual. ii

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