Tragedy

ISBN-10: 0192802356
ISBN-13: 9780192802354
Edition: 2005
Authors: Adrian Poole
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Description: To your local anchorperson, the word "tragedy" brings to mind an accidental fire at a low-income apartment block, the horrors of a natural disaster, or atrocities occurring in distant lands. To a classicist however, the word brings to mind the  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.80" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

To your local anchorperson, the word "tragedy" brings to mind an accidental fire at a low-income apartment block, the horrors of a natural disaster, or atrocities occurring in distant lands. To a classicist however, the word brings to mind the masterpieces of Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Racine; beautiful dramas featuring romanticized torment. What has tragedy been made to mean by dramatists, storytellers, philosophers, politicians, and journalists over the last two and a half millennia? Why do we still read, re-write, and stage these old plays? This lively and engaging work presents an entirely unique approach which shows the relevance of tragedy to today's world, and extends beyond drama and literature into visual art and everyday experience. Addressing questions about belief, blame, mourning, revenge, pain, and irony, noted scholar Adrian Poole demonstrates the age-old significance of our attempts to make sense of terrible suffering.

Acknowledgements
List of illustrations
Introduction
Who needs it?
Once upon a time
The living dead
Who's to blame?
Big ideas
No laughing matter
Words, words, words
Timing
Endings
References
Further reading
Index

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