Description - Tragedy by Rebecca W. Bushnell
Tragedy: A Short Introduction reinvigorates the genre for readers who are eager to embrace it, but who often find the traditional masterpieces too distant from their own language and world. * Argues that today's most popular television shows and films thrive on the type of violence, passion, madness, and catastrophe first introduced to the stage in fifth century Athens * Offers selected case studies that exemplify the compelling qualities of tragedy * Reviews the history of tragic performance and the qualities of the classic tragic hero, and clarifies the role of plot in defining traged * Analyzes the difference between a tragedy, a catastrophe, and a mere unhappy ending * Explores the past and future of the tragic form
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(229mm x 156mm x 12mm)
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Author Biography - Rebecca W. Bushnell
Rebecca Bushnell is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She edited A Companion to Tragedy and authored Green Desire: Imagining Early Modern English Gardens, A Culture of Teaching: Early Modern Humanism in Theory and Practice, Tragedies of Tyrants: Political Thought and Theater in the English Renaissance, and Prophesying Tragedy: Sign and Voice in Sophocles' Theban Plays.