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Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic / Edition 1
     

Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic / Edition 1

by Terry Eagleton
 

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ISBN-10: 0631233601

ISBN-13: 9780631233602

Pub. Date: 10/07/2002

Publisher: Wiley

In this dazzling book Terry Eagleton provides a comprehensive study of tragedy, all the way from Aeschylus to Edward Albee, dealing with both theory and practice, and moving between ideas of tragedy and analyses of particular works and authors. This amazing tour-de-force steps out beyond the stage to reflect not only on tragic art but also on real-life tragedy. It

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In this dazzling book Terry Eagleton provides a comprehensive study of tragedy, all the way from Aeschylus to Edward Albee, dealing with both theory and practice, and moving between ideas of tragedy and analyses of particular works and authors. This amazing tour-de-force steps out beyond the stage to reflect not only on tragic art but also on real-life tragedy. It explores the idea of the tragic in the novel, examining such writers as Melville, Hawthorne, Stendhal, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Manzoni, Goethe and Mann, as well as English novelists.

With his characteristic brilliance and inventiveness of mind, Eagleton weaves together literature, philosophy, ethics, theology, and political theory. In so doing he makes a major political–philosophical statement drawn from a startling range of Western thought, in the writings of Plato, St Paul, St Augustine, Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Sartre and others.

This book takes serious issue with the idea of ‘the death of tragedy’, and gives a comprehensive survey of definitions of tragedy itself, arguing a radical and controversial case.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631233602
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/07/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. A Theory in Ruins.

2. The Value of Agony.

3. From Hegel to Beckett.

4. Heroes.

5. Freedom, Fate and Justice.

6. Pity, Fear and Pleasure.

7. Tragedy and the Novel.

8. Tragedy and Modernity.

9 Demons.

10. Thomas Mann's Hedgehog.

Notes.

Index.

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