Essays on Aristotle's Poetics

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Aimed at deepening our understanding of the Poetics, this collection places Aristotle's analysis of tragedy in its larger philosophical context. In these twenty-one essays, philosophers and classicists explore the corpus of Aristotle's work in order to link the Poetics to the rest of his views on psychology and on history, ethics, and politics. The essays address such topics as catharsis, pity and fear, pleasure, character and the unity of action, and the modality of dramatic action. In addition to the editor, ...

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Overview

Aimed at deepening our understanding of the Poetics, this collection places Aristotle's analysis of tragedy in its larger philosophical context. In these twenty-one essays, philosophers and classicists explore the corpus of Aristotle's work in order to link the Poetics to the rest of his views on psychology and on history, ethics, and politics. The essays address such topics as catharsis, pity and fear, pleasure, character and the unity of action, and the modality of dramatic action. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Elizabeth Belfiore, Rdiger Bittner, Mary Whitlock Blundell, Wayne Booth, Dorothea Frede, Cynthia Freeland, Leon Golden, Stephen Halliwell, Richard Janko, Aryeh Kosman, Jonathan Lear, Alexander Nehamas, Martha C. Nussbaum, Deborah Roberts, G.E.M. de Ste. Croix, Nancy Sherman, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Stephen A. White, and Paul Woodruff.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691014982
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/1992
  • Series: Princeton Paperbacks Series
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
The Psychology of Aristotelian Tragedy 1
Aristotle on History and Poetry 23
Myth and Tragedy 33
Acting: Drama as the Mimesis of Praxis 51
Aristotle on Mimesis 73
One Action 97
Plot Imitates Action: Aesthetic Evaluation and Moral Realism in Aristotle's Poetics 111
Outside the Drama: The Limits of Tragedy in Aristotle's Poetics 133
Ethos and Dianoia Reconsidered 155
Hamartia and Virtue 177
Necessity, Chance, and "What Happens for the Most Part" in Aristotle's Poetics 197
Aristotle's Favorite Tragedies 221
Pleasure, Understanding, and Emotion in Aristotle's Poetics 241
Tragedy and Self-sufficiency: Plato and Aristotle on Fear and Pity 261
Pity and Fear in the Rhetoric and the Poetics 291
Katharsis 315
From Catharsis to the Aristotelian Mean 341
Aristotle and Iphigenia 359
Aristotle on the Pleasure of Comedy 379
The Poetics for a Practical Critic 387
Epilogue: The Poetics and its Interpreters 409
Selected Bibliography 425
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