Mourning and Tragic Form

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:
Mourning and Tragic Form

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This chapter discusses a reading of tragic form as a discourse of mourning. It first examines the parallels between Plato and Brecht's dislike for tragedy, along with Plato's ‘sense of tragedy’, and then looks at the notions of loss, attachment, and grief in the process of ego formation, and melancholia in men and women. One section discusses the various funeral rites, while another studies Antigone as the designated mourner of philosophy. The chapter ends by discussing the materiality of mourning.

Keywords: tragic form; discourse of mourning; parallels; dislike for tragedy; sense of tragedy; ego formation; melancholia; funeral rites; mourner

Chapter.  15515 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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