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Introduction

Olga Taxidou

in Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780748619870
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651719 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619870.003.0001
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This chapter introduces the term ‘tragedy’, beginning with a brief discussion on the reading and use of tragedy. It examines tragedy during the age of Sophocles and the secular and metaphysical aspect of tragic form. The chapter looks at the agnostic relationship between philosophy and tragedy, and then considers the concept of mourning and the battle over death. The Platonic view of tragedy is discussed.

Keywords: tragedy; reading; Sophocles; tragic form; philosophy; mourning; death; Platonic view

Chapter.  7577 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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