Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Paperback | February 15, 2015

bySimon Goldhill

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Written by one of the best-known interpreters of classical literature today, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on the work of this great classical playwright and on how our understanding of tragedy has been shaped by our literary past. Simon Goldhill sheds newlight on Sophocles' distinctive brilliance as a dramatist, illuminating such aspects of his work as his manipulation of irony, his construction of dialogue, and his deployment of the actors and the chorus. Goldhill also investigates how nineteenth-century critics like Hegel, Nietzsche, and Wagnerdeveloped a specific understanding of tragedy, one that has shaped our current approach to the genre. Finally, Goldhill addresses one of the foundational questions of literary criticism: how historically self-conscious should a reading of Greek tragedy be? The result is an invigorating and excitingnew interpretation of the most canonical of Western authors.

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Written by one of the best-known interpreters of classical literature today, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on the work of this great classical playwright and on how our understanding of tragedy has been shaped by our literary past. Simon Goldhill sheds newlight on Sophocles' distinctive brilliance ...

Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge. His previous books include Jerusalem: City of Longing, How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today, and Reading Greek Tragedy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:February 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Entrances and ExitsSection 1: Tragic Language1. Undoing: Lusis and the Analysis of Irony2. The Audience on Stage: Rhetoric, Emotion and Judgment3. Line for Line4. Choreography: The Lyric Voice of Tragedy5. The Chorus in ActionSection 2: The Language of Tragedy6. Generalizing about Tragedy7. Generalizing about the Chorus8. The Language of Tragedy and Modernity: How Electra Lost her Piety9. Antigone and the Politics of Sisterhood: The Tragic Language of SharingCoda: Reading With or Without Hegel: From Text to ScriptGlossaryBibliography

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"A brilliant balancing act: Simon Goldhill combines close readings of Sophocles' plays with penetrating chapters on the language of tragic criticism since the nineteenth century. There is something for everyone in this exhilarating and adventurous book." --Pat Easterling, University of Cambridge