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Modern Literature and the Tragic$
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K. M. Newton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636730

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636730.001.0001

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Modern Literature and the Tragic

K. M. Newton

Edinburgh University Press

This book is concerned with literary responses to the tragic in the modern period. The tragic is, of course, derived from tragedy as a dramatic genre but it tended to have an independent existence almost from the start. It is argued that in considering the tragic in the modern period one needs to take into account the fact that not only formally but philosophically the concept of the tragic becomes problematic even though the human issues it raises remain fundamental, and that this leads to a variety of responses to and confrontations with the tragic in modern literature. It also concentrates on responses to the tragic among representative modern writers from the latter half of the nineteenth century to the second half of the twentieth century. An overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords:   literary responses, tragic, modern period, modern literature, tragedy

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