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Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic

Eagleton, Terry

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ISBN 10: 0631233601 / ISBN 13: 9780631233602
Published by Blackwell Publishing, Malden, Massachusetts, 2003
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Includes comprehensive chapter notes, plus index. From rear cover (in full): "In this dazzling book, Terry Eagleton provides a comprehensive study of tragedy, all the way from Aeschylus to Edward Albee, dealing with both theory and practice, and moving between ideas of tragedy and analyses of particular works and authors. This amazing tour de force steps out beyond the stage to reflect not only on tragic art but also on real-life tragedy. It explores the idea of the tragic in the novel, examining such writers as Melville, Hawthorne, Stendhal, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Manzoni, Goethe and Mann, as well as English novelists. With his characteristic brilliance and inventiveness of mind, Eagleton weaves together literature, philosophy, ethics, theology, and political theory. In so doing he makes a major political - philosophical statement drawn from a startling range of Western thought, in the writings of Plato, St Paul, St Augustine, Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Sartre and others. This book takes serious issue with the idea of the death of tragedy, and gives a comprehensive survey of definitions of tragedy itself, arguing a radical and controversial case". Printed in Hong Kong. A LIKE NEW very nice clean tight solid softcover copy. 328pp. SB-206. Size: 23 x 15cm. Bookseller Inventory # 023917

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Title: Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing, Malden, Massachusetts

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Pictorial Wraps

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Terry Eagleton's Tragedy provides a major critical and analytical account of the concept of 'tragedy' from its origins in the Ancient world right down to the twenty-first century.


  • A major new intellectual endeavour from one of the world's finest, and most controversial, cultural theorists.
  • Provides an analytical account of the concept of 'tragedy' from its origins in the ancient world to the present day.
  • Explores the idea of the 'tragic' across all genres of writing, as well as in philosophy, politics, religion and psychology, and throughout western culture.
  • Considers the psychological, religious and socio-political implications and consequences of our fascination with the tragic.

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In this dazzling book Terry Eagleton provides a comprehensive study of tragedy, all the way from Aeschylus to Edward Albee, dealing with both theory and practice, and moving between ideas of tragedy and analyses of particular works and authors. This amazing tour-de-force steps out beyond the stage to reflect not only on tragic art but also on real-life tragedy. It explores the idea of the tragic in the novel, examining such writers as Melville, Hawthorne, Stendhal, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Manzoni, Goethe and Mann, as well as English novelists.

With his characteristic brilliance and inventiveness of mind, Eagleton weaves together literature, philosophy, ethics, theology, and political theory. In so doing he makes a major political–philosophical statement drawn from a startling range of Western thought, in the writings of Plato, St Paul, St Augustine, Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Sartre and others.

This book takes serious issue with the idea of ‘the death of tragedy’, and gives a comprehensive survey of definitions of tragedy itself, arguing a radical and controversial case.

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