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The politics of tragedy and democratic citizenship

Author: Robert Carl Pirro
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2011.
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"Public officials, journalists and ordinary citizens frequently use words like "tragedy" and "tragic" when trying to make sense of burdensome events and painful setbacks. Political theorists and philosophers have long used the example of Greek tragedy and notions of the tragic to reflect on the nature and significance of democracy in modern life. Pirro offers a way to understand the deep connections between these  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Carl Pirro
ISBN: 9781441165251 1441165258 9781441166531 144116653X
OCLC Number: 651488553
Description: 242 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 The Politics of Tragedy: An Introduction and Overview --
ch. 2 Václav Havel: The Political Uses of Tragedy in the Aftermath of Communism --
ch. 3 Italian Neorealism: Tragic Cinema in the Aftermath of Fascism --
ch. 4 Cornel West: Tragedy and the Fulfillment of American Democracy --
ch. 5 Nelson Mandela: Tragedy in a Divided South Africa --
ch. 6 9/11: Tragedy and Theodicy as American Responses to Suffering --
ch. 7 Botho Strauss: Goatsong in a Democratic Key? --
ch. 8 Christa Wolf: Greek Tragedy and German Democracy --
ch. 9 Michael Schorr's Schultze Gets the Blues: German Borrowings from the New World African Tragic --
ch. 10 Conclusion: Anticipating a Different Kind of Sixties Tragedy.
Responsibility: by Robert C. Pirro.

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A study of the political significance of theories of tragedy and ordinary language uses of 'tragedy'. It offers a fresh perspective on democracy in contemporary times. It considers how tragedy has  Read more...

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[this book] is a scholarly scrutiny of tragedy in democracy... [and] would do well in any political science of philosophy collection, enthusiastically recommended.--Sanford Lakoff

 
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