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British literary and cultural critic Williams (1921-88) breaks with academic convention by characterizing modern tragic drama as an experience situated within the historical moments of modernity rather than an ahistorical genre that just happened to light in this era. His study was first published in 1966 by Chatto and Windus. Pamela McCallum (Engl
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 6th 2006 by Broadview Press
(first published December 12th 1966)
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This is a nice short book on the question of whether it is possible to produce tragedy in the modern era, or is it a relic of ancient Greece and Elizabethan England. The author makes an important contribution to literary theory in establishing tragedy as a culturally determined genre (i.e., something doesn't have to be a play to be a tragedy). The trouble I have is that ultimately his definition for modern tragedy is so elastic as to not be very useful. Baby Boomers will appreciate the book more ...more
Raymond Henry Williams was a Welsh academic, novelist, and critic. He taught for many years and the Professor of Drama at the University of Cambridge. He was an influential figure within the New Left and in wider culture. His writings on politics, culture, the mass media and literature are a significant contribution to the Marxist critique of culture and the arts. His work laid the foundations for ...moreMore about Raymond Williams...