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The Strangeness of Tragedy

Paul Hammond


This book reads tragedy as a genre in which the protagonist is estranged from the world around him, and, displaced in time, space, and language, comes to inhabit a milieu which is no longer shared by other characters. This alienation from others also entails a decomposition of the integrity of the individual, which is often seen in tragedy's uncertainty about the protagonists' autonomy: do they act, or do the gods act through them? Where are the boundaries of the self, and the boundaries of the human? After an introductory essay exploring the theatrical and linguistic means by which the protag ... More

Keywords: tragedy, protagonist, estranged, displaced, alienation, integrity, autonomy, self, Aeschylus, Sophocles

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572601
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Hammond, author
Professor of Seventeenth-Century English Literature, University of Leeds

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