Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure?

Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure?

by A. D. Nuttall

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Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure? by A. D. Nuttall

Why does tragedy give pleasure? Why do people who are neither wicked nor depraved enjoy watching plays about suffering and death? Is it because we see horrific matter controlled by majestic art? Or because tragedy actually reaches out to the dark side of human nature? Nuttall's wide-ranging, lively, and engaging book offers a new answer to this perennial question. Writers discussed include Aristotle, Shakespeare, Nietzsche, and Freud.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198187660
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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New College, Oxford

Table of Contents

1. Aristotle and After
2. Enter Freud
3. The Game of Death
4. King Lear

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