Mary Stuart, Tragedy, Heroes, and also something about Lars von Trier

YoungMaryStuartSome weeks ago I had a very nice conversation with an extremely intelligent and well-read person who happens to be my advisor (and who is not a reader of this blog). During our talk I got carried away and was distracted for a minute… it was then when I made a terrible mistake. We were discussing a passage of a poem I’m working on at the moment and I claimed, somehow casually, that the situation described was “tragic”. If you study literature you know you cannot say things things like “tragic” lightly in front of a faculty member. The same runs true for words such asĀ “comic”, “objective”, or “real”. I mean you can say whatever you want, but you have to be ready to bear the consequences, like leaving his/her office with a very long reading list. In my case the list included The Death of Tragedy of George Steiner. Continue reading “Mary Stuart, Tragedy, Heroes, and also something about Lars von Trier”