Tragedy and Tragic Theory: An Analytical Guide

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RICHARD H. PALMER is Professor of Theatre at The College of William and Mary. His specialties range from theatre aesthetics and dramatic theory to stage direction, lighting and theatre management. The author of The Lighting Art ( 1985) and The Critics' Canon ( Greenwood Press, 1988), he has published articles in journals such as Dramatics, The Theatre Journal, Educational Theatre Journal, and Southern Quarterly and contributed to American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930 ( Greenwood, 1987).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Chapter Outline ix
  • Introduction: the Problem of Understanding Tragedy 1
  • Notes 13
  • Part I Approaches to Tragic Theory 15
  • Chapter 1 The Audience Response 17
  • Notes 49
  • Chapter 2 The Dualistic Chasm 53
  • Conclusions 85
  • Chapter 3 The Flowering of the Human Spirit 87
  • Part II Toward a Definition of Tragedy 103
  • Chapter 4 The Circle of Inquiry 105
  • Chapter 5 The Scope of Tragedy 133
  • Part III The Application of Theory 163
  • Chapter 6 A Sampling of Tragedy 165
  • Chapter 7 - Conclusion 201
  • Appendix: Biographies of Principal Theorists 205
  • Selected Bibliography 219
  • Index 225
  • About the Author 237
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