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The Average Audience (Lessing on Bourgeois Tragedy)

in Exemplarity and Mediocrity: The Art of the Average from Bourgeois Tragedy to Realism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758901
eISBN:
9780804769983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758901.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In The Birth of Tragedy (1872), Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche declares that when the “man of everyday life” assumes the tragic stage, it spells doom for tragedy—and with it great art. This chapter ... More


An Introduction to Bourgeois Tragedy: Or, “Silently and Smoothly Thro’ the World”

Alex Eric Hernandez

in The Making of British Bourgeois Tragedy: Modernity and the Art of Ordinary Suffering

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198846574
eISBN:
9780191881657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846574.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This Introduction situates bourgeois tragedy in relation to the period’s literature, social history, and critical theories of tragedy. Against claims of tragedy’s demise in the period, it argues that ... More


The Bourgeois Revaluation of Tragedy: Dignity and the Ordinary in George Lillo’s London

Alex Eric Hernandez

in The Making of British Bourgeois Tragedy: Modernity and the Art of Ordinary Suffering

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198846574
eISBN:
9780191881657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846574.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter continues the argument begun in the Introduction, proposing a revised, reparative approach to the earliest bourgeois tragedies. It focuses especially on George Lillo’s landmark drama, ... More


Tragic Sensibilities: Sentimental Fiction and the Serious Genre

Alex Eric Hernandez

in The Making of British Bourgeois Tragedy: Modernity and the Art of Ordinary Suffering

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198846574
eISBN:
9780191881657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846574.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter considers the parallel development of bourgeois tragedy, genre serieux (the serious genre), and the era’s early sentimental literature. It reads Sarah Fielding’s pathbreaking sentimental ... More


Prosaic Suffering: Edward Moore, Diderot, and the Natural Picture of Drama

Alex Eric Hernandez

in The Making of British Bourgeois Tragedy: Modernity and the Art of Ordinary Suffering

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198846574
eISBN:
9780191881657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846574.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter examines the uses and meanings of prose in tragedy during the eighteenth century. It offers a close, comparative reading of Aaron Hill’s The Fatal Extravagance (1721) and Edward Moore’s ... More


The Making of British Bourgeois Tragedy: Modernity and the Art of Ordinary Suffering

Alex Eric Hernandez

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198846574
eISBN:
9780191881657
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846574.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This book assembles a body of print and performance concerned with the misfortunes of the middling sort, arguing that these works negotiated tragedy’s vexed relationship to ordinary life. This ... More


Conclusion: Modern Tragedy and Ordinary Suffering

Alex Eric Hernandez

in The Making of British Bourgeois Tragedy: Modernity and the Art of Ordinary Suffering

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198846574
eISBN:
9780191881657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846574.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This concluding chapter revises accounts of British bourgeois tragedy’s importance to the drama and fiction of the turn of the nineteenth century, presenting evidence of the genre’s lasting influence ... More


A Fine Subject for Tragedy: Providence, Poetic Justice, and Clarissa’s Real Affliction

Alex Eric Hernandez

in The Making of British Bourgeois Tragedy: Modernity and the Art of Ordinary Suffering

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198846574
eISBN:
9780191881657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846574.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter reads Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa (1748) alongside dramatic precursors such as Charles Johnson’s Cælia; or, The Perjur’d Lover (1733) and public responses to the novel in order to argue ... More


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