The Strangeness of Tragedy

The Strangeness of Tragedy

Paul Hammond


This publication reads tragedy as a style during which the protagonist is estranged from the area round him, and, displaced in time, area, and language, involves inhabit a milieu that's now not shared by means of different characters. This alienation from others additionally involves a decomposition of the integrity of the person, that's usually visible in tragedy's uncertainty concerning the protagonists' autonomy: do they act, or do the gods act via them? the place are the limits of the self, and the limits of the human? After an introductory essay exploring the theatrical and linguistic ability through which the protagonist is made to inhabit an odd and singular international, the e-book devotes essays to performs from classical, renaissance, and neo-classical literature through Aeschylus, Sophocles, Seneca, Shakespeare, and Racine. shut recognition is paid to the linguistic strangeness of the texts that is usually smoothed over through editors and translators, because it is thru the weirdness of tragic language that the deep estrangement of the characters is proven. therefore, the Greek, Latin, and French texts are quoted within the originals, with translations further, and a spotlight is paid to textual cruces which illustrate the linguistic and conceptual problems of those plays.

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