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Chapter 1. Tragic Theaters.
Chapter 2. Tragic Form and Language.
Chapter 3. Tragic Plots.
Chapter 4. Tragic Heroes.
Chapter 5. Tragic History and Tragic Future.
"Rebecca Bushnell's Tragedy: A Short Introduction is a brisk guide for the student reader. Bushnell's approach is not only comparative, but even eclectic, as may befit the often rather unwieldy subject of tragedy . . . the reader will find helpful directions to further reading, but as a concise study, the real strength of this book lies in its close, attentive engagement with canonical texts." (Oxford Journal, 1 March 2011)
- Reinvigorates the genre of tragedy for readers who find the traditional masterpieces - such as those by Sophocles and Shakespeare - too distant from their own language and world
- Argues that today’s most popular television shows and films thrive on the type of violence, passion, madness, and catastrophe first introduced to the stage in fifth century Athens
- Offers selected case studies that exemplify the compelling qualities of tragedy
- Reviews the history of tragic performance and the qualities of the classic tragic hero, and clarifies the role of plot in defining traged
- Analyzes the difference between a tragedy, a catastrophe, and a mere unhappy ending
- Explores the past and future of the tragic form