Fall 2010 Voltaire's Coffee: Professor Woodruff
Wed, August 25, 2010 • 7:00 PM • Professor Woodruff's home; Maps provided to those registered in this VC
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.