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Title What was tragedy? : theory and the early modern canon / Blair Hoxby.
Author Hoxby, Blair, 1966- author.
Publication Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition First edition.
Description x, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 809.2512 H
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-353) and index.
Summary 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.
Contents The philosophy of the tragic and the poetics of tragedy. Our tragic culture ; An early modern conception of tragedy -- The world we have lost. Simple pathetic tragedy ; Operatic discoveries: The complex tragedy with a happy ending ; Counter-reformation tragedy: The laurel and the cypress ; History as tragedy, tragedy as design: Where Shakespeare and Dryden part company.
Subject Tragedy -- History and criticism.
Tragedy -- Philosophy.
Tragedy -- Philosophy. (OCoLC)fst01154360
Tragedy. (OCoLC)fst01154355
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 9780198749165 (hardback) :
0198749163 (hardback)

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