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The Making of British Bourgeois Tragedy: Modernity and the Art of Ordinary Suffering

Alex Eric Hernandez


This book assembles a body of print and performance concerned with the misfortunes of the middling sort, arguing that these works negotiated tragedy’s vexed relationship to ordinary life. This “bourgeois and domestic tragedy” imagined a particularly modern sort of affliction, an “ordinary suffering” divested of the sorts of meanings, rhetorics, and affective resonances once deployed to understand it. Whereas neoclassical aesthetics aligned tragedy with the heroic and the admirable, bourgeois tragedy treated the pain of common people with dignity and seriousness, meditating upon a suffering tha ... More

Keywords: tragedy, bourgeois tragedy, domestic tragedy, eighteenth-century literature, modernity, middle class, ordinary, suffering, history of emotion, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198846574
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198846574.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Eric Hernandez, author
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto