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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Genre: The Tragedy-Comedy Complex
Module Code EL103
School 67
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Michael Hinds
Semester 2: Michael Hinds
Autumn: Michael Hinds
Module TeachersGearoid O'Flaherty
Michael Hinds
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

Starting with Aristotle’s Poetics and the literature of ancient Greece, this module will begin by exploring the creative tension between comedy and tragedy that has permeated culture. It will then move into a further exploration of genre, across literary history and national literatures.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discriminate between comedy and tragedy, applying a knowledge of Aristotleian concepts
2. Indicate when the tragic and the comic converge or get confused
3. Reflect upon the social responsiveness of genre
4. Understand the flexibility potential within genres
5. Comprehend the way in which presuppositions about genre shape reading

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture21No Description
Tutorial3No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities


Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes

Comic Archetypes

Tragi-Comic Confusions

Tragi-Comic Cinema

Types of Comedy

Popular Genres

Popular Genres: Gun-Plays

Popular Genres: Fantasy

Popular Genres: Gothic

Beginnings of literary criticism, Tragedy and Comedy

Oedipus Rex, Medea, Lysistrata

From Ancient Greece to the Present

Dr. Faustus, Ethan Frome , Kafka, Beckett

Oldboy, Grizzly Man, True North, Duck Soup

Satire (Swift) - Screwball - Farce

Western: Stephen Crane “The Blue Hotel” Detective: Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep


Stories by Poe

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Short Answer Questionsn/a25%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Aristotle / Horace / Longinus: 1976, Classical Literary Criticism, Penguin Harmondsworth,
  • Belsey, Catherine: 1985, The Subject of Tragedy, Oxford,
  • Eagleton, Terry: 2002, Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic, Blackwell Oxford,
  • Wood, James: 2004, The Irresponsible Self, Chatto, London,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
BAJMBachelor of Arts (BAJM)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
SMPHSSSingle Module Programme (Hum Soc Sci)

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