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Towards Tragedy/Reclaiming Hope: Literature, Theology and Sociology in Conversation
     

Towards Tragedy/Reclaiming Hope: Literature, Theology and Sociology in Conversation

by Pink Dandelion, Douglas Gwyn, Rachel Muers, Brian Phillips
 

ISBN-10: 0754607658

ISBN-13: 9780754607656

Pub. Date: 07/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The 'death of tragedy' in the modern era has been proposed and debated in recent years, largely in terms of literature and western culture in general. Today, any catastrophe or misadventure is likely to be labeled a 'tragedy', without any inference of a larger, transcendent horizon or providential design that the word once conveyed. This book offers new perspectives

Overview

The 'death of tragedy' in the modern era has been proposed and debated in recent years, largely in terms of literature and western culture in general. Today, any catastrophe or misadventure is likely to be labeled a 'tragedy', without any inference of a larger, transcendent horizon or providential design that the word once conveyed. This book offers new perspectives on the idea of the 'death of tragedy', taking England and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in particular as a case study. Chapters focus on the origins of tragedy in ancient Greece, gospel and tragedy, the beginnings of the Quaker movement in seventeenth-century England, apocalyptic versus secularized experiences of time, Edwardian Quaker triumphalism, the search for English identity in postcolonial Britain, liberal Quakerism at the end of the twentieth century, and the promise and dilemma of postmodernity. The different disciplinary perspectives of the contributing authors bring literature, history, theology and sociology into a creative and revealing conversation. A Foreword by Richard Fenn introduces the book with an original and provocative meditation on tragedy and time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754607656
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Richard Fenn; Introduction, Pink Dandelion; The ancient origin and sense of tragedy, Richard E. Sturm; The early Quaker lamb's war: secularization and the death of tragedy in Early Modern England, Douglas Gwyn; Apocalypse without tears: hubris and folly among Late Victorian and Edwardian British friends, Brian Phillips; The loss of hope: England and its establishment in the 20th century, Pink Dandelion; The loss of providence, Pink Dandelion; New voices, new hopes?, Rachel Muers. Postscript: Contemporary Quakerism and the reflexive self, Douglas Gwyn; Rereading Ruth, Rachel Muers; A Bosnian Oresteia, Brian Phillips; Appendix: Antigone: a synopsis, Douglas Gwyn; Bibliography; Index.

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