The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0140 Tuesday, 13 February 2007
Date: Monday, 12 Feb 2007 16:06:38 -0500
Subject: 18.0133 Renaissance Tragedy
Comment: Re: SHK 18.0133 Renaissance Tragedy
I understand. I suppose I was simply trying to draw out the original
poster, who asked about books on tragedy, but then tucked in at the end
that he was researching the disappearance of tragedy during the "Puritan
Revolution" (and I know the full implications of those scare quotes
too). The further questions you add are just the sort of thing I had in
mind. I.e., what IS tragedy? what is the precise distinction between
tragedy as genre and the tragic as we ordinarily use it-or indeed the
tragic as a mode in Frye's sense? The question of whether a Christian
tragedy is an oxymoron is also intriguing. My sense is that theorizing
about tragedy is rather muddled, but it may be an interesting muddle
nevertheless. Certainly, as you say, tragedy seems alive and well,
despite having been pronounced dead fairly regularly.
At any rate, I'm sorry if I caused any consternation with my rather
off-the-cuff barrage of questions.
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