Modern Tragedy

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Broadview Press, Feb 6, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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Modern Tragedy, first published in 1966, is a study of the ideas and ideologies which have influenced the production and analysis of tragedy. Williams sees tragedy both in terms of literary tradition and in relation to the tragedies of modern society, of revolution and disorder, and of individual experience.

Modern Tragedy is available only in this Broadview Encore Edition, now edited and with a critical introduction by Pamela McCallum.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Reading Modern Tragedy in the TwentyFirst Century
9
A Note on the Text
23
MODERN TRAGEDY
25
Tragic Ideas
31
1 Tragedy and Experience
33
2 Tragedy and the Tradition
37
3 Tragedy and Contemporary Ideas
69
The Making of Liberal Tragedy to Ibsen and Miller
113
Strindberg ONeill Tennessee Williams
133
Tolstoy and Lawrence
149
Chekhov Pirandello Ionesco Beckett
169
Eliot and Pasternak
189
Camus and Sartre
209
Brecht
227
Works Cited and Further Reading
243

4 Tragedy and Revolution
87
5 Continuity
109
Modern Tragic Literature
111

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About the author (2006)

Raymond Williams (1921–1988) was one of the twentieth century’s foremost literary and cultural critics. His work bridged the divides between aesthetic and socio-economic inquiry, between Marxism and mainstream liberal thought, and between the modern and post-modern world. Among his other major works are The Long Revolution (also available from Broadview Press) and Keywords.

Pamela McCallum is Professor of English at the University of Calgary.

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