ENGL 3020 Lecture Notes - Heterosexuality, Rightful Heir, Mahatma Gandhi

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Published on 10 Oct 2012
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University of Guelph
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English
Course
ENGL 3020
Professor
The University Wits were importin Aristotle, changing the way theatre
was done. Prior to this period theatre was based on medieval reality
plays, and psycho plays. Every time you see a mentioning of Harrod
the Great, that is basically a reference to these old plays.
Marlowe starts the importation. Formal verse,dialogue really
the importation of blank verse (not always iambic
pentameter). Dialogue shifts around the 1580’s and flows
much better.
o Hubris is a medieval concept, not Aristotle. Marlowe and
the others took what they liked, and used it. Hubris is
one of the things they saw as not being prescriptive.
The reason why the sinful and egoism definition doesn’t
work. It was a legal term in Athens. What that means is
that it’s a law that prevents the rich from humiliating
the poor. It’s about humiliation based on your societal
class.
The first 4 weeks of American Idol are Hubristic.
o Hubris came under “offending honor”. If you intentional
insult someone and dishonor them, that’s hubristic. It
upset the tightly knit nature of the community of
Ancient Greece.
This was hard to translate because they couldn’t
conceive of a society where people were equally
because of monarchies. This is the whole problem
that the Barons have with Gavestone. They claim
it’s not the homosexuality, they claim it’s him
trying to undermine the regimentation of the class
structure. That he’s been given all of the titles
that he isn’t entitled to.
Pride is the first Christian sin.
All these early thinkers put it into
Christian ideology.
Character in these plays has to be greater than life. The University
Wits end up writing these plays about heroic themes and heroic
subjects. Except when they write comedies and they are under life,
they’re basically the worst people in society.
The tragic hero is often understood as the person who
exhibits hubris. It’s not a term that comes from Aristotle. It
derives from people misreading Aristotle. They’re basically
heroes of tragedies are basically good decent powerful people
who suffer a tragedy over the course of the play and drop
from their power.
o In the 1700’s, 1800’s people started translating that as
a tragic flaw, rather than it being as a near miss. They
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The university wits were importin aristotle, changing the way theatre was done. Prior to this period theatre was based on medieval reality plays, and psycho plays. Every time you see a mentioning of harrod the great, that is basically a reference to these old plays. Formal verse,dialogue really the importation of blank verse (not always iambic pentameter). Dialogue shifts around the 1580"s and flows much better: hubris is a medieval concept, not aristotle. Marlowe and the others took what they liked, and used it. Hubris is one of the things they saw as not being prescriptive. The reason why the sinful and egoism definition doesn"t work. What that means is that it"s a law that prevents the rich from humiliating the poor. It"s about humiliation based on your societal class. The first 4 weeks of american idol are hubristic: hubris came under offending honor . If you intentional insult someone and dishonor them, that"s hubristic.

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