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Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning
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Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning

Olga Taxidou

Abstract

This reinterpretation of Greek tragedy focuses on the performative – the physical and civic – dimension of tragedy. It challenges the idealist, humanist, and universalist approaches that have informed our most cherished philosophical, psychoanalytical, and modern interpretations of Greek tragedy and, in so doing, asks us to renew our relation to these works and to our literary and philosophical inheritance. The book reassesses tragic form in relation to Athenian democracy and links it with a performative discourse that both excludes the feminine and relies on civic and private forms of mournin ... More

Keywords: Greek tragedy, tragic form, Athenian democracy, performative discourse, feminine, mourning, Modernity, classical theorists, modern theorists, Greek play texts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780748619870
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619870.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olga Taxidou, author