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 essaysas well as eight essays originally published in a New Literary History special issue on tragedyaddress 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
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
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|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 ContentsIntroduction Rita Felski 1
"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