CMC Research Brownbag Series: Dr. Joel Mann | 07 April 2015 5pm CMC A-101



The Office of Research and Publication, College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines Diliman will host a lecture, "Tragedy on Television: Aristotle's Revenge," on April 7, 2015, 5:00- 7:00 pm at CMC A101.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Seats are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. But the organizers would appreciate an email to expressing intent to come.

Below are details of the lecture.

While tragedy as a genre category seems increasingly irrelevant to cinema, the recent trend in television toward serial dramas revolving around a central "anti-hero" makes contact with central tenets of classical tragic theory. In furtherance of this thesis, I will view examples from the recent dramatic series Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy through the lens of Aristotle's poetics, though other series in the same vein will be up for discussion as well (e.g., Mad Men, The Sopranos).

About the lecturer
Joel E. Mann received his PhD in Philosophy and Classics in 2005 from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary areas of historical interest are ancient Greek philosophy and post-Kantian European philosophy, especially existentialism, though his treatment of these figures is heavily colored by so-called "analytic" method. He has published on Nietzsche, specifically on his engagement with ancient thought. His work in ancient Greek philosophy concentrates on Presocratic thought and its intersections with ancient medicine, law, rhetoric, drama, and historiography. In keeping with this broad cultural approach to the history of philosophy, he hopes in his future work to apply philosophical methods to problems in other disciplines such as art, religion, science, and history.