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Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Simon Goldhill
3.9/5 (11 ratings)
Written by one of the best-known interpreters of classical literature today, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on the work of this great classical playwright and on how our understanding of tragedy has been shaped by our literary past. Simon Goldhill sheds new
light on Sophocles' distinctive brilliance as a dramatist, illuminating such aspects of his work as his manipulation of irony, his construction of dialogue, and his deployment of the actors and the chorus. Goldhill also investigates how nineteenth-century critics like Hegel, Nietzsche, and Wagner
developed a specific understanding of tragedy, one that has shaped our current approach to the genre. Finally, Goldhill addresses one of the foundational questions of literary criticism: how historically self-conscious should a reading of Greek tragedy be? The result is an invigorating and exciting
new interpretation of the most canonical of Western authors.
Language
English
Pages
304
Format
Hardcover
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Release
March 05, 2012
ISBN
0199796270
ISBN 13
9780199796274

Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Simon Goldhill
3.9/5 (11 ratings)
Written by one of the best-known interpreters of classical literature today, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on the work of this great classical playwright and on how our understanding of tragedy has been shaped by our literary past. Simon Goldhill sheds new
light on Sophocles' distinctive brilliance as a dramatist, illuminating such aspects of his work as his manipulation of irony, his construction of dialogue, and his deployment of the actors and the chorus. Goldhill also investigates how nineteenth-century critics like Hegel, Nietzsche, and Wagner
developed a specific understanding of tragedy, one that has shaped our current approach to the genre. Finally, Goldhill addresses one of the foundational questions of literary criticism: how historically self-conscious should a reading of Greek tragedy be? The result is an invigorating and exciting
new interpretation of the most canonical of Western authors.
Language
English
Pages
304
Format
Hardcover
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Release
March 05, 2012
ISBN
0199796270
ISBN 13
9780199796274

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