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Tragedy and redress in Western literature : a philosophical perspective, Richard Gaskin

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Tragedy and redress in Western literature : a philosophical perspective
Title
Tragedy and redress in Western literature
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a philosophical perspective
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Richard Gaskin
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eng
Summary
"This book offers a unique interpretation of tragic literature in the Western tradition, deploying the method and style of Analytic philosophy. Richard Gaskin argues that tragic literature seeks to offer moral and linguistic redress (compensation) for suffering. Moral redress involves the balancing of a protagonists suffering with guilt (and vice versa): Gaskin contends that, to a much greater extent than has been recognized by recent critics, traditional tragedy represents suffering as incurred by avoidable and culpable mistakes of a cognitive nature. Moral redress operates in the first instance at the level of the individual agent. Linguistic redress, by contrast, operates at a higher level of generality, namely at the level of the community: its fundamental motor is the sheer expressibility of suffering in words. Against many writers on tragedy, Gaskin argues that language is competent to express pain and suffering, and that tragic literature has that expression as one its principal purposes.The definition of tragic literature in this book is expanded to include more than stage drama: the treatment stretches from the Classical and Medieval periods through to the early twentieth century. There is a special focus on Sophocles, but Gaskin takes account of most other major tragic authors in the European tradition, including Homer, Aeschylus, Euripides, Virgil, Seneca, Chaucer, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Corneille, Racine, Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Bu?chner, Ibsen, Hardy, Kafka, and Mann; lesser-known areas, such as Renaissance neo-Latin tragedy, are also covered. Among theorists of tragedy, Gaskin concentrates on Aristotle and Bradley; but the contributions of numerous contemporary commentators are also assessed. Tragedy and Redress in Western Literature: A Philosophical Perspective offers a new and genuinely interdisciplinary perspective on tragedy that will be of considerable interest both to philosophers of literature and to literary critics."--Provided by publisher
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1960-
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Gaskin, Richard
Dewey number
111.85
Index
index present
LC call number
BH301.T7
LC item number
G37 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Routledge research in aesthetics
Series volume
3
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  • Classical literature
  • Literature
  • Tragic, The
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Tragedy and redress in Western literature : a philosophical perspective, Richard Gaskin
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Contents
Tragedy and moral redress -- Oedipus, Hamartia, freedom, and the supernatural -- Antigone's holy crime -- From cognitive failure to no-fault tragedy -- Tragedy and linguistic redress -- Theoretical considerations -- Can suffering be expressed in words? -- Tragedy and linguistic idealism
Control code
9781351017039
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 412 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781351017039
Other control number
10.4324/9781351017039
System control number
(OCoLC)1029244359
Label
Tragedy and redress in Western literature : a philosophical perspective, Richard Gaskin
Publication
Contents
Tragedy and moral redress -- Oedipus, Hamartia, freedom, and the supernatural -- Antigone's holy crime -- From cognitive failure to no-fault tragedy -- Tragedy and linguistic redress -- Theoretical considerations -- Can suffering be expressed in words? -- Tragedy and linguistic idealism
Control code
9781351017039
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 412 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781351017039
Other control number
10.4324/9781351017039
System control number
(OCoLC)1029244359

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