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    DescriptionWhy does tragedy give pleasure? Why do people who are neither wicked nor depraved enjoy watching plays about suffering or death? Is it because we see horrific matter controlled by majestic art? Or because tragedy actually reaches out to the dark side of human nature? A. D. Nuttall's wide-ranging, lively and engaging book offers a new answer to this perennial question. The 'classical' answer to the question is rooted in Aristotle and rests on the unreality of the tragic presentation: no one really dies; we are free to enjoy watching potentially horrible events controlled and disposed in majestic sequence by art. In the nineteenth century, Nietzsche dared to suggest that Greek tragedy is involved with darkness and unreason and Freud asserted that we are all, at the unconscious level, quite wicked enough to rejoice in death. But the problem persists: how can the conscious mind assent to such enjoyment? Strenuous bodily exercise is pleasurable. Could we, when we respond to a tragedy, be exercising our emotions, preparing for real grief and fear? King Lear actually destroys an expected majestic sequence. Might the pleasure of tragedy have more to do with possible truth than with 'splendid evasion'?

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    Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) A. D. Nuttall
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 120
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 9 mm
    Weight: 168 g
    ISBN 13: 9780198187660
    ISBN 10: 0198187661

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC E4L: LIT
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    DC22: 801.95
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    DC21: 809.2512019
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    Illustrations note
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    24 May 2001
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    Author Information
    A. D. Nuttall is Professor of English and Fellow of New College, Oxford
    Review quote
    shrewd and learned book. London Review of Book Review from previous edition shrewd and learned book London Review of Book
    Table of contents
    1. Aristotle and After ; 2. Enter Freud ; 3. The Game of Death ; 4. King Lear ; Index