This groundbreaking collection provokes a major reassessment of the significance of tragedy and the tragic in late modernity. A distinguished group of scholars and theorists extends the discussion of tragedy beyond its usual parameters to include film, popular culture, and contemporary politics.
Seven new essays—as well as eight essays originally published in a New Literary History special issue on tragedy—address important, previously neglected areas of tragedy and postcolonial criticism. The new material explores the tragic dimensions of popular culture, the relationship between tragedy and pity, and feminism's avoidance of the tragic, and includes an incisive history of tragic theory.
Classic and cutting-edge, this collection offers a provocative, accessible, and comprehensive treatment of tragedy and tragic theory.
Contributors: Elisabeth Bronfen, University of Zurich; Stanley Corngold, Princeton University; Simon Critchley, University of Essex; Joshua Foa Dienstag, University of California, Los Angeles; Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University; Page duBois, University of California, San Diego; Terry Eagleton, University of Manchester; Rita Felski, University of Virginia; Simon Goldhill, Cambridge University; Heather K. Love, University of Pennsylvania; Michel Maffesoli, University of Paris (V); Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago; Timothy J. Reiss, New York University; Kathleen M. Sands, University of Massachusetts, Boston; David Scott, Columbia University; George Steiner, University of Geneva; Olga Taxidou, University of Edinburgh
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Rita Felski Introduction
George Steiner Tragedy Reconsidered
Simon Goldhill Generalizing About Tragedy
Homer Euripides Total War
Sands Tragedy Theology and Feminism
Joshua Foa Dienstag Tragedy Pessimism Nietzsche
Polyphony in the Tragic City
Simon Critchley I Want to Die I Hate My Life
Stanley Corngold Sebalds Tragedy
Elisabeth Bronfen Femme FataleNegotiations of Tragic Desire
The Figure of the Lesbian in Mulholland Drive
in Postmodern Societies
Terry Eagleton Commentary
Notes on Contributors