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Aristotle's Poetics and storytelling

Theory seminar
SoSe 22
Target group
Main course / Diploma 2

Dates - place & time

06.04.2206.04.22MittwochWöchentlich14:00 - 17:00Filzengraben 2, Aula
from-to14:00 - 17:00
LocationFilzengraben 2, Aula

Seminar description

Aristotle's Poetics: lecture notes by Aristotle himself? Or note-taking by one of his students? Is this surviving fragment a rulebook, a prescriptive guide for narrative structure (as Robert McKee, among others, claims)? What does Plato, French classicists, Italian Renaissance scholars and Shakespeare have to do with it? And what about the many books claiming that adopting Aristotle's ideas makes for good screenwriting?

Let's read Aristotle's Poetics and supporting texts, inspect examples from the books of his misreaders (Syd Field, Michael Tierno) and opposers (Augusto Boal) to make up our own minds.

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Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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