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Tragedy

By Martin Regal

Series Editor: John Drakakis

Routledge – 2015 – 192 pages

Series: The New Critical Idiom

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Description

Tragedy is one of the oldest and most resilient forms of cultural narrative. Debated from Aristotle to the present day, tragedy has never lost it central place in aesthetic discourse and has been re-imagined and redefined to suit to tastes of succeeding generations. In this volume Martin Regal considers:

  • problems of definition across historical and cultural lines
  • the enduring influence of Aristotle’s Poetics and post-Aristotelian attempts at definition, from the lexicographers to individual modern theorists
  • issues of genre, subgenre and medium, considering the place of drama but also other cultural forms such as the visual arts
  • religious, philosophical and secular view on the tragic
  • the politicization of tragedy
  • tragedy and modern culture.

Concise and practical, this volume is the ideal starting point for literature students and all those with an interest in tragedy.

Contents

Introduction 1. Definitions 2. Genre, Subgenre, Medium 3. Ritual, Philosophy, Politics 4. Discourses in Conflict 5. New Juxtapositions Further Reading Glossary

Author Bio

Martin Regal is Associate Professor of English at the University of Iceland.

Name: Tragedy (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Martin RegalSeries Editor: John Drakakis. Tragedy is one of the oldest and most resilient forms of cultural narrative. Debated from Aristotle to the present day, tragedy has never lost it central place in aesthetic discourse and has been re-imagined and redefined to suit to tastes of succeeding...
Categories: Literary/Critical Theory, Literary Genres, Literature, Drama Genres