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The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy

(2007) Cambridge University Press


Tragedy is the art-form created to confront the most difficult experiences we face: death, loss, injustice, thwarted passion, despair.

From ancient Greece theatre up to the most recent plays, playwrights have found, in tragic drama, a means to seek explanation for disaster. But tragedy is also a word we continually encounter in the media, to denote an event which is simply devastating in its emotional power. This engaging introduction provides an overview of the tragic theatre canon – including chapters on the Greeks, Shakespeare, Ibsen and Chekhov, American tragedy and post-colonial drama – and brings a wide spectrum of examples, from both literature and life, into the discussion of this emotional and frequently controversial subject

A lucid, intelligent, wide-ranging introduction to a subject of growing centrality in both criticism and political lifeTerry Eagleton
Even by the wide-ranging standards of introductory textbooks, The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy is impressively broad in scopeTLS
Wallace’s opening chapter proved so decisive in setting the agenda of a class on contemporary tragedy when I assigned it, that … we consistently returned to her definitions and questions, especially the byplay of aesthetics and social definitions, the ethics of shock, the ambiguity of tragic effects, and the dynamics of bearing witness … as a vindication of why theatre mattersTheatre Survey

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  • Name: The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy
  • Author: Jennifer Wallace
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0521671491
  • Hardback ISBN: 978-0521855396
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The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy

Author: Jennifer Wallace
Publication: May 2007

Paperback ISBN: 978-0521671491
Hardback ISBN: 978-0521855396

Category: Performing Arts-Stagecraft; Drama; Poetry, Drama & Criticism

Binding: Trade Paperback
Size: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
Pages: 252
Price RRP: GBP 18.99

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