Chapter

Generalizing About Tragedy

Simon Goldhill

in Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796274
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932870 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796274.003.0006

Series: Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture

Generalizing About Tragedy

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This chapter explores how nineteenth-century criticism invented the idea of the tragic. It discusses ancient notions of tragedy and the tragic, and compares them with modern notions. It reveals the costs in political and aesthetic understanding of importing the critical notion of the tragic.

Keywords: Sophocles; tragedy; The Tragic; nineteenth-century criticism

Chapter.  14155 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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