Rethinking Tragedy

Rethinking Tragedy

by Rita Felski (Editor)


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Rethinking Tragedy by Rita Felski

This groundbreaking collection provokes a major reassessment of the significance of tragedy and the tragic in late modernity. A distinguished group of scholars and theorists extends the discussion of tragedy beyond its usual parameters to include film, popular culture, and contemporary politics.

Seven new essays—as well as eight essays originally published in a New Literary History special issue on tragedy—address important, previously neglected areas of tragedy and postcolonial criticism. The new material explores the tragic dimensions of popular culture, the relationship between tragedy and pity, and feminism's avoidance of the tragic, and includes an incisive history of tragic theory.

Classic and cutting-edge, this collection offers a provocative, accessible, and comprehensive treatment of tragedy and tragic theory.

Contributors: Elisabeth Bronfen, University of Zurich; Stanley Corngold, Princeton University; Simon Critchley, University of Essex; Joshua Foa Dienstag, University of California, Los Angeles; Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University; Page duBois, University of California, San Diego; Terry Eagleton, University of Manchester; Rita Felski, University of Virginia; Simon Goldhill, Cambridge University; Heather K. Love, University of Pennsylvania; Michel Maffesoli, University of Paris (V); Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago; Timothy J. Reiss, New York University; Kathleen M. Sands, University of Massachusetts, Boston; David Scott, Columbia University; George Steiner, University of Geneva; Olga Taxidou, University of Edinburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801887406
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 02/11/2008
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rita Felski is a professor of English and chair of comparative literature at the University of Virginia.

Table of Contents

Introduction   Rita Felski     1
Defining Tragedy
"Tragedy," Reconsidered   George Steiner     29
Generalizing About Tragedy   Simon Goldhill     45
After Troy: Homer, Euripides, Total War   Wai Chee Dimock     66
Tragedy, Theology, and Feminism in the Time After Time   Kathleen M. Sands     82
Tragedy, Pessimism, Nietzsche   Joshua Foa Dienstag     104
Rethinking the History of Tragedy
Toppling the Hero: Polyphony in the Tragic City   Page duBois     127
The "Morality of Pity": Sophocles' Philoctetes   Martha C. Nussbaum     148
I Want to Die, I Hate My Life-Phaedra's Malaise   Simon Critchley     170
Tragedy and Modernity
Tragedy's Time: Postemancipation Futures Past and Present   David Scott     199
Sebald's Tragedy   Stanley Corngold     218
Machines and Models for Modern Tragedy: Brecht/Berlau, Antigone-Model 1948   Olga Taxidou     241
Transforming Polities and Selves: Greek Antiquity, West African Modernity   Timothy J. Reiss     263
Tragedy, Film, Popular Culture
Femme Fatale-Negotiations of Tragic Desire   Elisabeth Bronfen     287
Spectacular Failure: The Figure of the Lesbian inMulholland Drive   Heather K. Love     302
The Return of the Tragic in Postmodern Societies   Michel Maffesoli     319
Commentary   Terry Eagleton     337
Notes on Contributors     347
Index     351

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