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Tragedy: A Short Introduction [Paperback]

Rebecca Bushnell
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October 29, 2007 1405130210 978-1405130219 1
Tragedy: A Short Introduction reinvigorates the genre for readers who are eager to embrace it, but who often find the traditional masterpieces too distant from their own language and world.

  • Argues that today’s most popular television shows and films thrive on the type of violence, passion, madness, and catastrophe first introduced to the stage in fifth century Athens
  • Offers selected case studies that exemplify the compelling qualities of tragedy
  • Reviews the history of tragic performance and the qualities of the classic tragic hero, and clarifies the role of plot in defining traged
  • Analyzes the difference between a tragedy, a catastrophe, and a mere unhappy ending
  • Explores the past and future of the tragic form

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"Rebecca Bushnell's Tragedy: A Short Introduction is a brisk guide for the student reader. Bushnell's approach is not only comparative, but even eclectic, as may befit the often rather unwieldy subject of tragedy . . . the reader will find helpful directions to further reading, but as a concise study, the real strength of this book lies in its close, attentive engagement with canonical texts." (Oxford Journal, 1 March 2011)

 

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Though the classical tragedy may seem foreign to the contemporary reader, today's most popular television shows and films thrive on the type of violence, passion, madness, and catastrophe first introduced to the stage in fifth century Athens. Far from being outdated, the themes of conflict in the writings of Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Racine remain as relevant as ever.Tragedy: A Short Introduction reinvigorates the genre for readers who are eager to embrace it, but who often find the traditional masterpieces too distant from their own language and world. Each chapter focuses on selected case studies that exemplify the compelling qualities of tragedy.. The book reviews the history of tragic performance and the qualitiesof the classic tragic hero, clarifies the role of plot in defining tragedy, and analyzes the difference between a tragedy, a catastrophe, and a mere unhappy ending. Tragedy: A Short Introduction connects classic tragic dramas to the social, political, and cultural worlds that produced them - and that they were designed to alter. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405130210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405130219
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,953,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars price outrageous August 20, 2013
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Price for this book is outrageous. No short introduction is worth this price. This is just another putrid example of publishers rip offs Get real.
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