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Hoxby, Blair What Was Tragedy?
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Blair Hoxby

What Was Tragedy?

Theory and the Early Modern Canon

€ 112.15


Twentieth century critics have definite ideas about tragedy. They maintain that in a true tragedy, fate must feel the resistance of the tragic hero`s moral freedom before finally crushing him, thus generating our ambivalent sense of terrible waste coupled with spiritual consolation. Yet far from being a timeless truth, this account of tragedy only emerged in the wake of the French Revolution. `What was tragedy?` demonstrates that this account of the tragic, which has been hegemonic from the early nineteenth century to the present despite all the twists and turns of critical fashion in the twentieth century, obscured an earlier poetics of tragedy that evolved from 1515 to 1795. By reconstructing that poetics, Blair Hoxby makes sense of plays that are `merely pathetic, not truly tragic,` of operas with happy endings, of Christian tragedies, and of other plays that advertised themselves as tragedies to early modern audiences and yet have subsequently been denied the palm of tragedy by critics.0



Taal / Language : English

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Hardback
366 pagina's
Januari 2015
726 gram
241 x 171 x 25 mm
Oxford Univ Pr us


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