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Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure?

A. D. Nuttall

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187660
eISBN:
9780191674747
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187660.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Why does tragedy give pleasure? Why do people who are neither wicked nor depraved enjoy watching plays about suffering or death? Is it because we see horrific matter controlled by majestic art? Or ... More


Seneca: Thyestes

Paul Hammond

in The Strangeness of Tragedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199572601
eISBN:
9780191702099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572601.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama

In reading Seneca's Thyestes, the Aristotelian or Hegelian models of tragedy seem not to fit: there is no error, no trajectory which brings the protagonist from a height to a depth, nor is there any ... More


‘To call every thing into question’: Influences on the Drama  

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This book traces patterns of diversity that gradually shift in their composition and proportions, and a number of interlinked motifs become evident. It is noteworthy that, after 1688, contented Whigs ... More


The Stage of Death: Tragedy and Anatomy

Michael Neill

in Issues of Death: Mortality and Identity in English Renaissance Tragedy

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183860
eISBN:
9780191674112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183860.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The trauma of epidemic disease was by no means the only factor contributing to the early modern reinvention of death. Of particular importance, in educated circles at least, was the reinvigorated ... More


Conclusion: The Theater as Temple

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Democracy becomes the very expression of desire in Eugene O'Neill's historical plays. The dialectic between past and present runs through his plays. In America, liberal democracy is esteemed for ... More


Darkness Visible: Macbeth and the Poetics of the Unnatural

Charlotte Scott

in Shakespeare's Nature: From Cultivation to Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199685080
eISBN:
9780191765360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685080.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Drama

In Macbeth we come to understand nature as an equivocal discourse of aberrance and ambition, shaped by active intervention or manipulation what constitutes the natural is always under discussion. ... More


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