The Myth of the Seven: From Aeschylus to Kurosawa

0950 [CRN: 15891]

What is a story? Does it have a life of its own? In this class, we will focus on a single story and study its progression from epic times to Classical Greece, to the Roman empire and medieval period, to the Renaissance and Hollywood. Why do certain stories survive? How do different ages think through a story and what do they need from these stories? We will read authors like Aeschylus, Euripides, Statius, and Racine, consider depictions in the visual arts, and watch film versions like the cowboy classic “The Magnificent Seven” and Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” All texts in translation. LILE WRIT
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