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Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Simon Goldhill


This book offers a revolutionary take on Sophocles’ tragic language – and on how we talk about tragedy as a genre. The first section explores how Sophocles excitingly develops the resources of Greek tragedy: it looks at Sophocles’ manipulation of irony, his construction of dialogue, his deployment of the actors, the role of the chorus, and reveals the playwright’s distinctive brilliance. The second section explores how the critical understanding of tragedy as a genre developed in the nineteenth century: how did Victorian critics develop a distinctive way of talking about irony, the chorus, the ... More

Keywords: Sophocles, tragedy, language, chorus, irony, audience, nineteenth-century criticism, history of criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199796274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Goldhill, author
King's College, Cambridge University