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The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy


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1. Approaching the subject; 2. Tragic drama: 2.1. The Greeks; 2.2. Seneca and Racine; 2.3. Shakespeare; 2.4. Romantic tragedy: Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov; 2.5. American tragedy; 2.6. Postcolonial tragedy; 2.7. Beckett; Case studies 1: Physical violence and dismemberment; Case studies 2: Language; 3. Tragic theory: 3.1. Aristotle; 3.2. Hegel; 3.3. Nietzsche; 3.4. Kierkegaard; 3.5. Camus; 3.6. Girard; Case studies 1: Fate; Case studies 2: Politics; Case studies 3: Gender; 4. Non-dramatic tragedy: 4.1. Visual culture; 4.2. Novel; 4.3. Film; 4.4. Psychoanalysis; 4.5. Theology; 5. Coda: Tragic sites; Bibliography.

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An introductory study into tragedy in drama and literature, and in the real world.

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Jennifer Wallace is Fellow, lecturer and Director of Studies in English at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge.


'A lucid, intelligent, wide-ranging introduction to a subject of growing centrality in both criticism and political life' Professor Terry Eagleton, University of Manchester 'The coverage is comprehensive and the writing is of a high quality and clear.' Teaching Drama

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