Notes for Lecture on "Aristotle, Becker,  King, Childhood, and Scary Stories"

1. The problem of pleasure in tragedy and horror
2.  Discuss Aristotelian analysis in the Poetics.
     Reflections on Aristotelian Analysis
3.  Freudian digression on repetition compulsion and thanatos.
     Discuss issues of catharsis and modeling theory.
4.  Beckerian Analysis in Denial of Death. [Perhaps indicate relevance of Buddhist tale of the 4 passing sights and Becker's early work on Buddhism]
        King's analysis in Danse Macabre.
        Cardian analysis in Maps in a Mirror.
        Critical reflections and conclusion: A child's maps and mirrors

Michael Kagan
Last revised  2/16/2018

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