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HMN3020 Tragedy, Tears and Sorrow
Credit Points: 15

This unit investigates the idea of the ‘tragic’ as a powerful mode of cultural production. Through analysis of primary philosophical texts, literature, film and visual art, students investigate the way responses of pity and sadness to texts and images are often culturally and historically determined. This unit begins with the ancient form of tragedy, identifying key aspects of the form that continue to influence drama and film to this day. Students also investigate historical images of suffering, with a particular focus on how religious iconography of suffering informs images through which we continue to understand the suffering of others around the world. This unit empowers students to engage with contemporary arguments about cultural mourning, especially important in a post 9/11 global culture.

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Y69Bachelor of Arts
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2013 VET: 20/05/2013