Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 26, 2005

byAdrian Poole

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What do we mean by 'tragedy' in present-day usage? When we turn on the news, does a report of the latest atrocity have any connection with the masterpieces of Sophocles, Shakespeare and Racine? What has tragedy been made to mean by dramatists, story-tellers, critics, philosophers, politiciansand journalists over the last two and a half millennia? Why do we still read, re-write, and stage these old plays? This book argues for the continuities between 'then' and 'now'. Addressing questions about belief, blame, mourning, revenge, pain, witnessing, timing and ending, Adrian Poole demonstrates the age-old significance of our attempts to make sense of terrible suffering.

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What do we mean by 'tragedy' in present-day usage? When we turn on the news, does a report of the latest atrocity have any connection with the masterpieces of Sophocles, Shakespeare and Racine? What has tragedy been made to mean by dramatists, story-tellers, critics, philosophers, politiciansand journalists over the last two and a half...

Adrian Poole is Professor of English Literature, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has written and lectured on Greek and Shakespearean tragedy, on literary translation and on nineteenth-century English literature. His publications include Gissing in Context (1975), Tragedy: Shakespeare and the Greek...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:August 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192802356

ISBN - 13:9780192802354

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Table of Contents

1. Who needs it?2. Once upon a time3. The living dead4. Who's to blame?5. Big ideas6. No laughing matter7. Words, words, words8. Good timing9. Pain and gain

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`'Oxford's always stimulating Very Short Introductions series.''Independent on Sunday