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Tragedy in Transition

Catherine Silverstone (Hrsg.), Sarah Annes Brown (Hrsg.)

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft


Tragedy in Transition is an innovative and excitingintroduction to the theory and practice of tragedy. * * Looks at a broad range of topics in the field of tragedy inliterature, from ancient to contemporary times * Explores the links between writers from different times andcultures * Focuses on the reception of classical texts in subsequentliteratures, and discusses their treatment in a range ofmedia * Surveys the lasting influence of the most resonant narrativesin tragedy * Contemplates exciting and unexpected combinations of text andtopic among them the relationship between tragedy and childhood,science fiction, and the role of the gods


(Studies in English Literature, July 2009)
"Sarah Annes Brown and Catherine Silverstone have assembledfourteen essays that adopt a 'transhistorical' approach in theiredited collection, Tragedy in Transition. Although not centred inearly modern drama, Jonson, John Ford, and especially Shakespeareare prominently featured in this superb, wide-ranging volume thatextends chronologically from Sophocles to filmmaker QuentinTarentino."
(Times LiterarySupplement, January 2009)
"[It] was first voiced in 1961, that the twentieth century saw'the death of tragedy' ... .We can swallow this whole or attendto other, more meliorist perspectives--offered by Sarah AnnesBrown and Catherine Silverstone in another timely collection ofessays, Tragedy in Transition."
-Adrian Poole, University of Cambridge
"Setting the agenda for further research of this type." (TheClassical Review, 2009)"These timely and compelling essays address a remarkablerange of texts and topics from Sophocles and Shakespeare toTarantino and Kane, most notably the trauma of indeterminateidentity, of crossing boundaries and being caught in between times,so central to thinking about tragedy now."
-Charles Martindale, University of Bristol
'The subject of tragedy is at once intimidating and well-worn.All credit then to the editors for having commissioned a variedcollection of essays that breaks fresh ground and makes unexpectedconnections. Contributors are not afraid to ask large questions,for example about the transcultural appeal of tragedy or itscompatibility with the postmodern condition. There is an emphasison enriching intertextualities and reception histories; on thelight that different tragic traditions with their continuities anddissonances can cast on one another. The volume as a whole suggestssome future directions our conversations about tragedy mightprofitably take."
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Humanistische Studien, Antike u. klassische Literatur, Ancient & Classical Literature, Classical Studies, Literaturwissenschaft, Comparative & World Literature, Literature, Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft u. Weltliteratur