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Tragedy is the art-form created to confront the most difficult experiences we face: death, loss, injustice, thwarted passion, despair. From ancient Greek theatre up to the most recent plays, playwrights have found, in tragic drama, a means to seek explanation for disaster. But tragedy is also a word we continually encounter in the media, to denote an event which is simply devastating in its emotional power. This introduction explores the relationship between tragic experience and tragic representation. After giving an overview of the tragic theatre canon - including chapters on the Greeks, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, post-colonial drama, and Beckett - it also looks at the contribution which philosophers have brought to this subject, before ranging across other art-forms and areas of debate. The book is unique in its chronological range, and brings a wide spectrum of examples, from both literature and life, into the discussion of this emotional and frequently controversial subject.
'A lucid, intelligent, wide-ranging introduction to a subject of growing centrality in both criticism and political life' Professor Terry Eagleton University of Manchester
An introductory study into tragedy in drama and literature, and in the real world.
This Introduction offers an overview of tragic drama from the ancient Greeks, through Shakespeare, Racine and Ibsen, and to the present day. It explores the definition of 'tragedy', as it has been discussed by philosophers and confronted by artists, theologians and psychoanalysts. There are also useful chapters on fate, politics, gender, physical violence, and tragic sites and memorials. The book is unique in its chronological range, and in bringing such a wide spectrum of examples, from both literature and life, into the discussion of this emotional and often controversial subject.
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This introduction offers an overview of tragic drama from the ancient Greeks, through Shakespeare, Racine and Ibsen, and to the present day. It explores the definition of 'tragedy', as it has been discussed by philosophers, and includes chapters on the Greeks, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, post-colonial drama, and Beckett.
About the Author
Jennifer Wallace is Fellow, lecturer and Director of Studies in English at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge.
Table of Contents
1. Approaching the subject; 2. Tragic drama: 2.1. The Greeks; 2.2. Seneca and Racine; 2.3. Shakespeare; 2.4. Romantic tragedy: Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov; 2.5. American tragedy; 2.6. Postcolonial tragedy; 2.7. Beckett; Case studies 1: Physical violence and dismemberment; Case studies 2: Language; 3. Tragic theory: 3.1. Aristotle; 3.2. Hegel; 3.3. Nietzsche; 3.4. Kierkegaard; 3.5. Camus; 3.6. Girard; Case studies 1: Fate; Case studies 2: Politics; Case studies 3: Gender; 4. Non-dramatic tragedy: 4.1. Visual culture; 4.2. Novel; 4.3. Film; 4.4. Psychoanalysis; 4.5. Theology; 5. Coda: Tragic sites; Bibliography.