February 11, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1
Mondays from 10-11:15 a.m.
Most of the greatest dramatic tragedies in the history of western European and American literature has been about families. Why? What is it about the family and about the relationship of parents and children that precipitate so much conflict and pain? We shall explore these questions in the following works: Oedipus the King (Sophocles); Hamlet (Shakespeare);The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov); A Long
Day’s Journey into Night (O’Neill); Death of a Salesman (Miller); and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(Williams).
The course will consist of a series of class discussions based on close readings of these texts. Participants are expected to join in the discussions. Participants will also recieve information about each of these plays as films.
Charles E. Pierce Jr. received his B.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from Harvard University. He was a Professor of English at Vassar for 17 years and director of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York for 20 years.
Tickets: $150 for seven classes
Due to limited space, reservations are required for every program.