Tragedy and Hope
HNSM 463 - Tragedy and Hope3 hours How much power do human beings really have? What is the relationship between human power, divine power, human suffering, and hope? In this seminar, students will discuss literary texts that put forward these and related questions. Careful study of the three classic works – the book of Job from the Hebrew Bible, the Greek tragedy Antigone and Shakespeare’s King Lear – will enable students to engage with questions of human agency in a world where suffering seems inescapable, even strangely necessary. Additional readings from Friedrich Nietzsche, St. Therese of Lisieux, and others will allow seminar participants to consider how art and spiritual practice influence our understanding of suffering and hope.