Monday, July 27, 2009

The Summer School Experience

Here are a few departing words of wisdom (not my own):
"Thus what the ancients, following Aristotle, demanded of Tragedy is nothing higher or lower than that it should entertain people. Theatre may be said to be derived from ritual, but that is only to say that it becomes theatre once the two have separated; what it brought over from the mysteries was not its former ritual function, but purely and simply the pleasure which accompanied this. And the catharsis of which Aristotle writes - is a purification which is performed not only in a pleasurable way, but precisely for the purpose of pleasure. To ask or to accept more of the theatre is to set one's own mark too low." Bertolt Brecht

In other words, I hope you enjoyed the class. It was my pleasure to teach, and read, with you. Please respond anonymously with a paragraph about your experience in the class. Include anything you think is relevant, particularly things that were useful about the class or not useful at all. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Future Perfect

Post your journal entry from the future as a comment.