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Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning$
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Olga Taxidou

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619870

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619870.001.0001

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Mourning and Tragic Form

Mourning and Tragic Form

(p.159) Chapter Six Mourning and Tragic Form
Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning

Olga Taxidou

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses a reading of tragic form as a discourse of mourning. It first examines the parallels between Plato and Brecht's dislike for tragedy, along with Plato's ‘sense of tragedy’, and then looks at the notions of loss, attachment, and grief in the process of ego formation, and melancholia in men and women. One section discusses the various funeral rites, while another studies Antigone as the designated mourner of philosophy. The chapter ends by discussing the materiality of mourning.

Keywords:   tragic form, discourse of mourning, parallels, dislike for tragedy, sense of tragedy, ego formation, melancholia, funeral rites, mourner

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