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A Short Introduction (Blackwell Introductions to Literature #18)

Rebecca Bushnell


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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

Wiley-Blackwell, 9781405130219, 142pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2007

About the Author

Rebecca Bushnell is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She edited A Companion to Tragedy and authored Green Desire: Imagining Early Modern English Gardens, A Culture of Teaching: Early Modern Humanism in Theory and Practice, Tragedies of Tyrants: Political Thought and Theater in the English Renaissance, and Prophesying Tragedy: Sign and Voice in Sophocles' Theban Plays.