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    DescriptionThis book reads tragedy as a genre in which the protagonist is estranged from the world around him, and, displaced in time, space, and language, comes to inhabit a milieu which is no longer shared by other characters. This alienation from others also entails a decomposition of the integrity of the individual, which is often seen in tragedy's uncertainty about the protagonists' autonomy: do they act, or do the gods act through them? Where are the boundaries of the self, and the boundaries of the human? After an introductory essay exploring the theatrical and linguistic means by which the protagonist is made to inhabit a strange and singular world, the book devotes essays to plays from classical, renaissance, and neo-classical literature by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Seneca, Shakespeare, and Racine. Close attention is paid to the linguistic strangeness of the texts which is often smoothed over by editors and translators, as it is through the weirdness of tragic language that the deep estrangement of the characters is shown. Accordingly, the Greek, Latin, and French texts are quoted in the originals, with translations added, and attention is paid to textual cruces which illustrate the linguistic and conceptual difficulties of these plays.

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    The Strangeness of Tragedy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Hammond
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 216
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 223 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 420 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199572601
    ISBN 10: 0199572607

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: PY
    Libri: I-PY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    Abridged Dewey: 808
    B&T General Subject: 630
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 809.9162
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 809.2512
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    BISAC V2.8: DRA006000
    LC classification: PN1892 .H24 2009
    Thema V1.0: DSG
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    16 November 2009
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    Author Information
    Paul Hammond was educated at Peter Symonds' School, Winchester, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Prize Fellow from 1978 to 1982. He subsequently taught at the University of Leeds, where he has been Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature since 1996. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2002.
    Review quote
    persuasive and assured Sarah Dewar-Watson, Notes and Queries
    Table of contents
    A Note on Texts and Translations ; Abbreviations ; Prologue ; 1. The Work of Tragedy ; 2. Aeschylus, Oresteia ; 3. Sophocles, Electra ; 4. Sophocles, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus ; 5. Sophocles, Antigone ; 6. Seneca, Thyestes ; 7. Shakespeare, Macbeth ; 8. Shakespeare, Othello ; 9. Shakespeare, King Lear ; 10. Racine, Phedre ; Epilogue ; Index