The Resource Why does tragedy give pleasure?, A.D. Nuttall

Why does tragedy give pleasure?, A.D. Nuttall

Label
Why does tragedy give pleasure?
Title
Why does tragedy give pleasure?
Statement of responsibility
A.D. Nuttall
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Why does tragedy give pleasure? Why do people who are neither wicked nor depraved enjoy watching plays about suffering and death? Is it because we see horrific matter controlled by majestic art? Or because tragedy actually reaches out to the dark side of human nature? A.D. Nuttall's wide-ranging, lively, and engaging book offers a new answer to this perennial question." "The classical answer to the question is rooted in Aristotle, and rests on the unreality of the tragic presentation: no one really dies; we are free to enjoy watching potentially horrible events controlled and disposed in majestic sequence by art. In the nineteenth century, Nietzsche dared to suggest that Greek tragedy is involved with darkness and unreason, and Freud asserted that we are all, at the unconscious level, quite wicked enough to rejoice in death. But the problem persists: how can the conscious mind assent to such enjoyment? Strenuous bodily exercise is pleasurable. Could we, when we respond to a tragedy, be exercising our emotions, preparing for real grief and fear? King Lear actually destroys an expected majestic sequence. Might the pleasure of tragedy have more to do with possible truth than 'splendid evasion'?"--Jacket
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
OCLCE
Dewey number
809.2/512/019
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1892
LC item number
.N88 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Why does tragedy give pleasure?, A.D. Nuttall
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • none
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn648390175
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 110 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191674747
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b37520179
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)648390175
  • oso0191674745
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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