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Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction


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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.

About the Author:
Adrian Poole is Reader in English & Comparative 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 Example (1987), Shakespeare and the Victorians (2003), The Oxford Book of Classical Verse in Translation (1995, co-edited with Jeremy Maule), and editions of novels by Dickens, James and R. L. Stevenson. He is working on a project about witnessing
tragedy developed out of his 1999 British Academy Shakespeare Lecture, 'Macbeth and the Third Person'.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780192802354
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Depth: 13
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 9 mm
  • Weight: 136 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0192802356
  • Publisher Date: 20 Oct 2005
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 176 mm
  • No of Pages: 160
  • Series Title: Very Short Introductions
  • Sub Title: A Very Short Introduction
  • Width: 112 mm


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