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Tragedy as Philosophy in the Reformation World

Russ Leo


Tragedy as Philosophy in the Reformation World examines how a series of influential poets, theologians, and humanist critics turned to tragedy to understand providence and agencies human and divine across diverse Reformation milieux. Rejecting familiar assumptions about tragedy, crucial figures like Philipp Melanchthon, David Pareus, Lodovico Castelvetro, John Rainolds, and Daniel Heinsius developed distinctly philosophical ideas of tragedy, irreducible to drama or performance, inextricable from rhetoric, dialectic, and metaphysics. In its proximity to philosophy, tragedy afforded careful read ... More

Keywords: tragedy, Reformation, humanism, William Shakespeare, Aristotle’s Poetics, John Milton, history of philosophy, poetics, dialectic, Philipp Melanchthon

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198834212
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198834212.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russ Leo, author
Assistant Professor of English, Princeton University

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