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Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy

Gregory A. Staley

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195387438
eISBN:
9780199866809
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387438.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

As both a literary genre and a view of life, tragedy has from the very beginning spurred a dialogue between poetry and philosophy. Plato wanted to ban tragedians from his ideal community because he ... More


 Teaching Film as Religion

John C. Lyden

in Teaching Religion and Film

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195335989
eISBN:
9780199868940
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335989.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter begins by describing the mythological approach to film and religion by arguing that movies provide the collective myths that help a culture deal with its anxieties and hopes, usually by ... More


Methods, Measures, and Views of Sports Aggression

Gordon W. Russell

in Aggression in the Sports World: A social psychological perspective

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189599
eISBN:
9780199868445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189599.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter provides a brief introductory or refresher course intended to familiarize the reader with the basics of experimental research. Several sources of biasing influences are described, with ... More


Catharsis and the Classification Of Therapies

Richard Sorabji

in Emotion and Peace of Mind: From Stoic Agitation to Christian Temptation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199256600
eISBN:
9780191712609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256600.003.0020
Subject:
Philosophy, General

If Aristotle's catharsis gets rid of something by allowing it moderate exercise, by tragedy it will get rid of an excessive disposition to grief, as well as pity and fear; and in comedy of an ... More


The Arts: First Movements and Controversies on Drama and Music

Richard Sorabji

in Emotion and Peace of Mind: From Stoic Agitation to Christian Temptation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199256600
eISBN:
9780191712609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256600.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

According to Seneca, the arts, including tragedy and music, can only produce first movements. So Aristotle's claim that tragedy and comedy produce catharsis by arousing emotion is wrong, as is ... More


Aristotle and After

A. D. Nuttall

in Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure?

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187660
eISBN:
9780191674747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187660.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

But why does tragedy give pleasure to ‘people like ourselves’? A cruel or sadistic pleasure in the blinding of Oedipus is immediately distinguishable from what Aristotle called the oikeia hedone, ... More


Enter Freud

A. D. Nuttall

in Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure?

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187660
eISBN:
9780191674747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187660.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama

According to Aristotle, the pleasure of tragedy is the pleasure of vigorous excretion. Wish-fulfilment drama would seem to offer simultaneous gratification and catharsis (release of excess pressure). ... More


Aristotle and the Experience of Tragic Emotion

Stephen Halliwell

in Between Ecstasy and Truth: Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199570560
eISBN:
9780191738753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570560.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues that Aristotle's theory of tragedy in the Poetics incorporates a model of ‘emotional understanding’: understanding filtered through the affective and evaluative responses embodied ... More


The Soul of Tragedy

Gregory A. Staley

in Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195387438
eISBN:
9780199866809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387438.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The Stoics regularly turned to the words of tragic characters to elucidate psychology, for it was thought that poetry was a vivid source of evidence about the unseen soul: Tragedy was the plot of the ... More


Poetics of History: Rousseau and the Theater of Originary Mimesis

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780823282340
eISBN:
9780823286201
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823282340.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book opens with a philosophical scene: in the context of a reading of Hölderlin, Heidegger dismisses Rousseau as irrelevant to the true concerns of philosophy, and thus shows his own blindness ... More


Freud’s Classical Mythologies

RACHEL BOWLBY

in Freudian Mythologies: Greek Tragedy and Modern Identities

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199566228
eISBN:
9780191710407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566228.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers Freud's claim, in The Interpretation of Dreams, to have discovered in Sophocles' tragedy the evocation of a universal Oedipus. Second are aspects of the myth of Oedipus — such ... More


Never Done, Never to Return: Hysteria and After

RACHEL BOWLBY

in Freudian Mythologies: Greek Tragedy and Modern Identities

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199566228
eISBN:
9780191710407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566228.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers the ignoring of hysteria in psychoanalytic writing after the early Studies in Hysteria (1895), co-written with Josef Breuer, and the recent centennial revival of interest in ... More


Story climax

Deborah Chester

in The Fantasy Fiction Formula

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781784992880
eISBN:
9781526104199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992880.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Since fantasy usually centers upon power struggles and heroism, the protagonist is placed in a dire situation that can’t be solved in ordinary, real-life ways; therefore, such quandaries require ... More


Interpretations and Public Policy

Craig A. Anderson, Douglas A. Gentile, and Katherine E. Buckley

in Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195309836
eISBN:
9780199893393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309836.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter discusses the magnitude of media violence effects, the idea of media violence providing catharsis (venting) for aggression, and a host of public policy questions. It shows, for example, ... More


Catharsis: The Power of Music in Aristotle’s Politics

Andrew Ford

in Music and the Muses: The Culture of Mousike in the Classical Athenian City

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199242399
eISBN:
9780191714078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242399.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter focuses on book 8 of Aristotle's Politics and its discussion of mousike in education or paideia. It argues that in this context we should understand the term in the strict sense of music ... More


Be Afraid: Horror Stories

Catherine Belling

in A Condition of Doubt: The Meanings of Hypochondria

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199892365
eISBN:
9780199950096
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892365.003.0021
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Horror stories, in fiction and especially film, express the content of hypochondria that medicine excludes or denies: the abjectness of the damaged, diseased, dead, and decaying body. The genre of ... More


The Atrocity of Desire: Of Love and Beauty in Lacan's Antigone

Charles Shepherdson

in Lacan and the Limits of Language

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823227662
eISBN:
9780823235353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823227662.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter focuses on two elements in Lacan's reading of Antigone, two features, which are also two relations. One of these takes place on the stage, within the action of ... More


Narrating Pain: The Ethics of Catharsis

Richard Kearney

in Difficulties of Ethical Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823229734
eISBN:
9780823235186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823229734.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter illustrates the ethics of catharsis by means of anthropological and cultural analysis. It begins with some anthropological examples of how catharsis is linked to the process of ... More


Catharsis and the Epistemology of Repentance in the Talmud and Jewish Law

Dani Rabinowitz

in Jewish Philosophy in an Analytic Age

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780198811374
eISBN:
9780191848407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198811374.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The psychology of repentance has dominated the attention of both Jewish theologians and western philosophers at the expense of the epistemology of repentance. This chapter is an attempt to rectify ... More


Cartesian Plots, Dramatic Theory, and Emotional Wonder

R. Darren Gobert

in The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780804786386
eISBN:
9780804788267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804786386.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter concerns playwriting and dramatic theory after Descartes. It demonstrates how the much-discussed problem of dramatic catharsis originates in an incommensurability produced by ... More


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