Shawn Welnak

The Lectures

ARISTOPHANES’ FROGS AND THE ORIGINS OF LITERARY CRITICISM

1:30 - 3:30 pm
Thursdays , March 19 - April 16

5 Sessions
Fee: $120.00
Lectures:

Dr. Welnak returns us to the origin of literary criticism in this class. His goal is to show not only Aristophanes’ own literary and intellectual brilliance, but also how he set the stage for future aesthetic theory. But be warned: this is Aristophanes, and…

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ART AS INSTRUCTIVE/ART AS EXPRESSIVE: Two Lectures and a Visit to the Met

10:00 – 12:00 noon
Fridays , May 1 - May 8*

3 Sessions
Fee: $150.00

A common critique of classical masterworks is that they are too didactic (“didactic” deriving from the Greek word didaskein, “to teach”). Such criticisms suggest that art ought not to intentionally teach us; therefore, aesthetes would then seem to be claiming that when art aims…

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SOPHOCLES’ PHILOCTETES AND THE HOMERIC ORGINS OF ETHICS

1:30 - 3:30 pm
Thursdays , January 23 - February 20

5 Sessions
Fee: $120.00
Lectures:

Dr. Welnak returns us to the origin of ethical thinking in this class. His goal is to show not only Sophocles’ literary and intellectual brilliance, but also his – and our – profound debt to Homer. Sophocles’ Philoctetes highlights the fundamental dilemma in Homer’s…

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