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Essays on Aristotle's Poetics (Princeton Paperbacks)

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Aimed at deepening our understanding of the Poetics, this collection places Aristotle's analysis of tragedy in its larger philosophical context. In these twenty-one essays, philosophers and classicists explore the corpus of Aristotle's work in order to link the Poetics to the rest of his views on psychology and on history, ethics, and politics. The essays address such topics as catharsis, pity and fear, pleasure, character and the unity of action, and the modality of dramatic action. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Elizabeth Belfiore, Rdiger Bittner, Mary Whitlock Blundell, Wayne Booth, Dorothea Frede, Cynthia Freeland, Leon Golden, Stephen Halliwell, Richard Janko, Aryeh Kosman, Jonathan Lear, Alexander Nehamas, Martha C. Nussbaum, Deborah Roberts, G.E.M. de Ste. Croix, Nancy Sherman, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Stephen A. White, and Paul Woodruff.

Synopsis:

Aimed at deepening our understanding of the Poetics, this collection places Aristotle's analysis of tragedy in its larger philosophical context. In these twenty-one essays, philosophers and classicists explore the corpus of Aristotle's work in order to link the Poetics to the rest of his views on psychology and on history, ethics, and politics. The essays address such topics as catharsis, pity and fear, pleasure, character and the unity of action, and the modality of dramatic action. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Elizabeth Belfiore, Rdiger Bittner, Mary Whitlock Blundell, Wayne Booth, Dorothea Frede, Cynthia Freeland, Leon Golden, Stephen Halliwell, Richard Janko, Aryeh Kosman, Jonathan Lear, Alexander Nehamas, Martha C. Nussbaum, Deborah Roberts, G.E.M. de Ste. Croix, Nancy Sherman, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Stephen A. White, and Paul Woodruff.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
The Psychology of Aristotelian Tragedy1
Aristotle on History and Poetry23
Myth and Tragedy33
Acting: Drama as the Mimesis of Praxis51
Aristotle on Mimesis73
One Action97
Plot Imitates Action: Aesthetic Evaluation and Moral Realism in Aristotle's Poetics111
Outside the Drama: The Limits of Tragedy in Aristotle's Poetics133
Ethos and Dianoia Reconsidered155
Hamartia and Virtue177
Necessity, Chance, and "What Happens for the Most Part" in Aristotle's Poetics197
Aristotle's Favorite Tragedies221
Pleasure, Understanding, and Emotion in Aristotle's Poetics241
Tragedy and Self-sufficiency: Plato and Aristotle on Fear and Pity261
Pity and Fear in the Rhetoric and the Poetics291
Katharsis315
From Catharsis to the Aristotelian Mean341
Aristotle and Iphigenia359
Aristotle on the Pleasure of Comedy379
The Poetics for a Practical Critic387
Epilogue: The Poetics and its Interpreters409
Selected Bibliography425

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691014982
Editor:
Rorty, Amelie O.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Editor:
Rorty, Amelia O.
Author:
Rorty, Amelie Oksenberg
Author:
Rorty, Amelia O.
Author:
Rorty, Amlie Oksenberg
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Aristotle
Subject:
Poetics
Subject:
Tragedy
Subject:
Aesthetics, Ancient.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks
Series Volume:
9403
Publication Date:
August 1992
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
452
Dimensions:
9.28x6.16x1.12 in. 1.40 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Aimed at deepening our understanding of the Poetics, this collection places Aristotle's analysis of tragedy in its larger philosophical context. In these twenty-one essays, philosophers and classicists explore the corpus of Aristotle's work in order to link the Poetics to the rest of his views on psychology and on history, ethics, and politics. The essays address such topics as catharsis, pity and fear, pleasure, character and the unity of action, and the modality of dramatic action. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Elizabeth Belfiore, Rdiger Bittner, Mary Whitlock Blundell, Wayne Booth, Dorothea Frede, Cynthia Freeland, Leon Golden, Stephen Halliwell, Richard Janko, Aryeh Kosman, Jonathan Lear, Alexander Nehamas, Martha C. Nussbaum, Deborah Roberts, G.E.M. de Ste. Croix, Nancy Sherman, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Stephen A. White, and Paul Woodruff.
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