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Tragic pleasure from Homer to Plato

Author: Rana Saadi Liebert
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book offers a resolution of the paradox posed by the pleasure of tragedy by returning to its earliest articulations in archaic Greek poetry and its subsequent emergence as a philosophical problem in Plato's Republic. Socrates' claim that tragic poetry satisfies our 'hunger for tears' hearkens back to archaic conceptions of both poetry and mourning that suggest a common source of pleasure in the human appetite  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Liebert, Rana Saadi.
Tragic pleasure from Homer to Plato.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2017004140
(OCoLC)972640122
Named Person: Plato.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rana Saadi Liebert
ISBN: 9781316888223 1316888223
OCLC Number: 982288040
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 218 pages)
Contents: Introduction: the pleasure of tragedy --
The taste of archaic poetry --
Emotional satisfaction in archaic poetry --
Tragic pleasure in Plato's Republic --
Epilogue: poetry and privacy: toward an Aristotelian defense of poetry and a platonic alternative.
Responsibility: Rana Saadi Liebert, Bard College, New York.

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This book uses Greek poetry and Plato's philosophy to explain the appeal of tragedy and explore the non-cognitive value of aesthetic engagement.  Read more...

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