Tragedy and Comedy: A Systematic Study and a Critique of Hegel

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In the first evaluation and critique of Hegel's theory of tragedy and comedy in any language, Mark William Roche points out the strengths and weaknesses of Hegel's positions while developing an original theory of both genres. Along with its theoretical discussions, the book weaves together in an entertaining and provocative way commentary on an array of artworks, from Greek drama to contemporary American cinema, with a particular focus on modern European and especially German drama. What emerges from this study ...
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Overview

In the first evaluation and critique of Hegel's theory of tragedy and comedy in any language, Mark William Roche points out the strengths and weaknesses of Hegel's positions while developing an original theory of both genres. Along with its theoretical discussions, the book weaves together in an entertaining and provocative way commentary on an array of artworks, from Greek drama to contemporary American cinema, with a particular focus on modern European and especially German drama. What emerges from this study is not only a clearer picture of Hegel's strengths and weaknesses but an original study of tragedy and comedy that will be studied along with other modern classics such as those of Peter Szondi and Northrop Frye.
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Evolving from an introduction to a graduate course on the philosophy of tragedy, Roche German language and literature, philosophy; U. of Notre Dame develops his own theory of comedy and tragedy while critically evaluating Hegel's theory of each genre. In pursuing an aesthetics tour from ancient Greek drama through German drama to contemporary US cinema e.g. Hitchcock, he extols the Hegelian system of categories as the most comprehensive, convincing one ever developed. However, he balances that praise with discussion of such gaps in his philosophy as a crucial category Hegel never dreamed of: intersubjectivity i.e. subject-subject relations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations, Translations, Gender
1 Introduction 1
2 A Study of Tragedy 49
3 A Study of Comedy 135
4 On the Drama of Reconciliation 247
5 The Dialectic of Genre - or: Transitions and Interrelations 281
6 Tragedy and Comedy Today 297
7 Afterword 311
App. A Tragedy 321
App. B Comedy 327
App. C Drama of Reconciliation 333
Notes 335
Works Cited 409
Index 441
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