First published in 1969, this work examines the genre of Tragedy from its origins in ancient Greece, to the modern day. Beginning with an overview of the meaning of tragedy in Europe through the ages, it goes on to explore common aspects of tragedies such as the tragic hero, the chorus and unities, catharsis, peripeteia, anagnorisis and suffering.

This book will be of interest to anyone studying European drama and literature.

chapter I|11 pages

Some Definitions and Observations

chapter 2|21 pages

Tragedy in Practice and in Theory

chapter 3|14 pages

The Tragic Hero

chapter 4|9 pages

Cleansing? or Sacrifice?

chapter 5|5 pages

The Sense of Balance

chapter 6|9 pages

Peripeteia, Anagnorisis, Suffering

chapter 7|7 pages

The Chorus and the Unities

chapter 8|5 pages

The Sense of overdoing it