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Resurrecting Tragedy: O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh and the Tragic Tradition


Eugene O’Neill’s play, The Iceman Cometh is a masterpiece of American drama. This course will examine where the play fits in the canon of western theatre. We will consider how it was shaped by the tradition that preceded it and how it shaped American drama that followed. Is it tragedy? How does it use the tragic tradition and how does it reshape that tradition? We will view a performance of the play in class and use a discussion focused approach in our study. Note: This course does not meet on Thursday, November 22.

Instructor Bio:

Charles Chadwick has a BA and an MA in literature and taught adult education courses in literature extensively in Northern Virginia prior to his retirement. He has continued teaching literature courses, now for OLLI, since 2014. In his career, he was active both as a corporate ethicist and as an executive in US government contracting. However, he confesses that literature always has been his first love.

Required Reading:

Students will need a copy of the play.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B400 Charles Chadwick Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13 Th 9:30-11:00 a.m. Homewood Suites A

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