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The Gorgon's Head : A Study in Tragedy and Despair (Paperback)

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William R. Brashear deals with tragedy, not as a dramatic literary genre, but as a basic way of experiencing the universe and of reacting to it. The writer of tragedy forces readers to confront much more than a tragic flaw in a single character; he forces them to confront the gorgons head itself, the ultimate chaos of the universe.For him, Aristotles intellectualization of tragedy distorted it for centuries because the tragic sense of life is experiential and intuitive rather than logical and syllogistic. In the later works of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Spangler, Brashear finds the beginnings of the understanding of tragedy that developed in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. In careful considerations of such writers as Shakespeare, Tennyson, Conrad, Housman, Shaw, ONeill, and Arthur Miller, Brashear refines his views of tragedy and tests their validity. The chapter on Tennyson supersedes and goes well beyond The Living Will, his earlier study of the poet.Brashears discussions of individual writers reinforce each other and point to several important conclusions about the tragic vision and tragic art. Most significant among his conclusions is that tragedy is often taken to be more benign and positive than it really is and that if the tragic experience is essentially healthy and rewarding, it is so because it involves a confrontation that broadens, strengthens, and stabilizes and not because it suggests any ultimate solution to the human condition. *Author: Brashear, William R. *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 180 *Publication Date: 2008/05/01 *Language: English *Dimensions: 9.02 x 5.98 x 0.41 inches

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Publisher Univ of Georgia Pr
Mfg Part# 9780820332581
SKU 208068685
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0820332585
Release Date 5/12/2008
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0180
Publisher University of Georgia Press

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