This Tuesday: “The Appeal of Tragedy,” a lecture by Paul Schwaber

The Appeal of Tragedy

This Tuesday, March 12th, The Visual & Critical Studies program will present the “The Appeal of Tragedy,” a lecture by Paul Schwaber:

Aristotle considered tragedy central to the engaging claim that great verbal art has on us. Nietzsche, Freud and many others have recognized tragedy as opening usefully—enjoyably, distressingly, puzzlingly and safely—to the mysteries and fascinations of persons, families, politics and culture. Closely examining Shakespeare’s tragedies Romeo and Juliet and King Lear, Schwaber will discuss their continuing hold on us and what they may tell us both of art and of ourselves.

Paul Schwaber is Professor of Letters at Wesleyan University and a practicing psychoanalyst. He has published extensively on the relations of imaginative literature and psychoanalysis. He co-edited Of Poetry and Power: Poems Occasioned by the Presidency and by the Death of John F. Kennedy (Basic Books) and is the author of The Cast of Characters: A Reading of Ulysses (Yale University Press).

“The Appeal of Tragedy,” will take place at 6 p.m. this Tuesday, March 12th in Room 101C at 133/141 West 21 Street in New York City (between 6th and 7th avenues). The lecture is free and open to the public.

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