Tragic (Trans)Formations: Greek Tragedy and Postmodernism
The introduction problematizes uses of the classical canon that have shaped perceptions and discourses of tragedy, from tragic philosophy to contemporary media appropriations of the term tragedy. As an artistic form that seeks to ascribe meaning to suffering, tragedy has also been a category used to determine what constitutes meaningful and grievable loss. While cultural materialist approaches opened up traditional definitions of tragedy, Terry Eagleton argues that postmodern theory negates tragic dialectics as an affirmative political force. The Introduction suggests that adaptations of Greek tragedy produced since the 1970s adopt postmodern strategies in rewriting the text, yet engage in a political critique of the exclusions involved in tragedy’s modern receptions.
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