First published in 1969, this work examines the genre of Tragedy from its origins in ancient Greece, to the modern day. Beginning with an overview of the meaning of tragedy in Europe through the ages, it goes on to explore common aspects of tragedies such as the tragic hero, the chorus and unities, catharsis, peripeteia, anagnorisis and suffering.
This book will be of interest to anyone studying European drama and literature.
General Editor’s Preface; Prefatory Note; 1. Some Definitions and Observations 2. Tragedy in Practice and in Theory 3. The Tragic Hero 4. Cleansing? Or Sacrifice? 5. The Sense of Balance 6. Peripeteia, Anagnorisis, Suffering 7. The Chorus and the Unities 8. The Sense of Overdoing It; Select Bibliography; Index
This set of 37 volumes is a revival of the original Critical Idiom series. First published between 1969 and 1979, the volumes in this series provide concise and accessible introductions to a range of critical terms which are key to the study of literature. This set will be a valuable resource for students working with complex literary terminology.