Not only is tragedy marked by its diversity, the critical literature surrounding the genre is equally diverse. This Reader's Guide offers a comprehensive introduction to the key criticism and debates on tragedy, from Aristotle through to the present day. Sarah Dewar-Watson presents the work of canonical theorists and lesser-known but, nonetheless, influential critics, bringing together a strong sense of the critical tradition and an awareness of current scholarly trends.
Stimulating and engaging, this essential resource helps students to navigate their way around the subject of tragedy and its rich critical terrain.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- 1. The Gods.- 2. The Chorus.- 3. The Tragic Hero.- 4. Tragic Women.- 5. Tragic Dualities.- 6. Tragic Pleasure.- 7. Tragedy and Form.- 8. Modern Tragedy.- 9. Postcolonial and Multiethnic Tragedy.- Conclusion.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.