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Fall 2010 Voltaire's Coffee: Professor Woodruff

Wed, August 25, 2010 | Professor Woodruff's home; Maps provided to those registered in this VC

7:00 PM

he Goat or Who is Sylvia? (Notes toward a definition of tragedy) by Edward Albee, led by Dr. Paul Woodruff, Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

About the book:

The Goat or Who is Sylvia (Notes toward a definition of tragedy).  New York:  Overlook Press, 2005.  A disturbing play by America's greatest living playwright, The Goat shows a prize-winning architect who is having an extra-marital affair, to the horror of his wife and teen-aged son.  He is madly in love with Sylvia, whom he met on a trip to the country.  No one seems to understand how a brilliant middle-aged man could give up his family for Sylvia.   But that is not the worst thing happening in this family.  Oh, in case you have not yet guessed, Sylvia is a goat.  Is that a problem?  (Look up the etymology of "tragedy.")

 About the professor:

A former Plan II director, Paul Woodruff has written on ancient Greek philosophy, ethics, and on the philosophy of theater.  His hobbies include rowing, furniture-making, and music.  He is currently Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies.


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