Ranke's study is an innovative and thought-provoking contribution to scholarship on 18th-century heroic tragedy
. Ranke contextualizes his insightful close readings of each of these tragic dramas by resituating them within their contemporary intellectual environment; he draws out the interconnections between German Enlightenment tragedy
on the one hand and European neoclassical tragedy
as well as 18th-century poetics and moral philosophy on the other hand, even as he unearths the inherent contradictions in the most prominent exemplars of the genre.
That he had made his life so intolerable that he decided to end it, isn't a tragedy
. Simply a choice.
At the same time, there are sensible essays: for example, by Raphael Lyne on neoclassical tragedy
, and useful insights by Jennifer Wallace on tragedy
Timothy Rist's study of Jacobean revenge tragedy
moves in two directions.
Where's the tragedy
? A tragedy
is the fate of Tiffany Wright, the little girl whose mum let her starve to death.
In recent days "tragedy
" is being rightly rethought.
But 95-year-old Millvina Dean, the only living survivor of the 1912 sinking, hit out at the BBC bosses for making entertainment out of tragedy
For me, Greek language found its most stunning form in Greek tragedy
. The supple and dense language of the scenes interspersed with the most beautiful choral lyrics became an early obsession, fuelled by reading Aeschylus and Sophocles in the most traditional of ways.
One can find the precise, if understated, point at which this or that tragedy
could have been avoided and who was at fault.
Dialogue and Drama: Elements of Greek Tragedy
in the Fourth Gospel.
This action has since been described as a tragedy
It says, "Undergiving is a huge tragedy
. Underliving is a tragic waste, but undergiving is a huge tragedy
." Sooner or later Christian stewardship gets down to money, doesn't it?
Finally, for the purposes of this treatment, I will define tragedy
as an event, which results in the loss (and sometimes violent seizure) of previously enjoyed options of status, authority and liberty for an individual and/or community.
The same basic conditions may be treated in quite different ways, for example as farce or tragedy
, as Woody Allen's 'Melinda and Melinda' recently showed: farce is the tragedy
that happens to outsiders; tragedy
is the farce that happens to you.
A woman who lost her cousin in the tragedy
lamented, "We had a miracle and it was taken from us."