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Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic

Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic

Terry Eagleton

ISBN: 978-0-631-23360-2

Sep 2002, Wiley-Blackwell

348 pages

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$42.95

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Terry Eagleton's Tragedy provides a major critical and analytical account of the concept of 'tragedy' from its origins in the Ancient world right down to the twenty-first century.

  • A major new intellectual endeavour from one of the world's finest, and most controversial, cultural theorists.
  • Provides an analytical account of the concept of 'tragedy' from its origins in the ancient world to the present day.
  • Explores the idea of the 'tragic' across all genres of writing, as well as in philosophy, politics, religion and psychology, and throughout western culture.
  • Considers the psychological, religious and socio-political implications and consequences of our fascination with the tragic.
Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. A Theory in Ruins.

2. The Value of Agony.

3. From Hegel to Beckett.

4. Heroes.

5. Freedom, Fate and Justice.

6. Pity, Fear and Pleasure.

7. Tragedy and the Novel.

8. Tragedy and Modernity.

9 Demons.

10. Thomas Mann's Hedgehog.

Notes.

Index.

"Terry Eagleton’s titanic tryst with the Tragic muse crowns a career devoted to exploring the ideology of aesthetic and political form … This is a brave and bracing book that bridges Eagleton’s secular, socialist ideals with his metaphysical and theological aspirations: a remarkable comedic spirit hovers over this passionate reflection on the temper of tragedy." Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University <!--end-->

"Sweet Violence has all the characteristics that compel the reader, however tested and exasperated, to admire its author. It is long, discursive, packed with illustrations drawn from enormous reading in world literature, perverse and even, quite often, funny." New York Times

"Eagleton has raised a banner for a terrifying but beautiful new seriousness in the arts, directly drawn from our contemporary world. It is an extraordinary achievement and ... an inspiration." The Guardian

"The best book Terry Eagleton has yet written." English Studies


  • A major new intellectual endeavour from one of the world's finest, and most controversial, cultural theorists.

  • Provides an analytical account of the concept of 'tragedy' from its origins in the ancient world to the present day.

  • Explores the idea of the 'tragic' across all genres of writing, as well as in philosophy, politics, religion and psychology, and throughout western culture.

  • Considers the psychological, religious and socio-political implications and consequences of our fascination with the tragic.