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Literary critics who have studied tragedy and the tragic vision failed, in Murray Krieger's estimation, to define exactly what they saw as the tragic vision in general terms. An aim of his book is to create a tentative definition of tragic and to flesh out what the author sees as the definition most illuminating of modern literature and the modern mind. In order to do this, Krieger distinguishes between what he sees as the "tragic vision" and "tragedy"—tragedy, from his perspective, is an object's literary form, whereas tragic vision refers to a subject's psychology, the subject's view and version of reality. In light of the shriveling of the tragic concept in the modern world and the reduction of a total view to the psychology of the protagonist, Krieger contends that the protagonist in a tragedy is now more appropriately designated a "tragic visionary" than a "tragic hero."

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  1. Cover
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  1. New Copyright
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Preface to Visions of Extremity in Modern Literature
  2. pp. vii-xvi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xix-xxiv
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  1. Half Title 1
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  1. One. Tragedy and the Tragic Vision
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. Two. Rebellion and the "State of Dialogue"
  2. pp. 22-49
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  1. Three. Satanism, Sainthood, and the Revolution
  2. pp. 50-85
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  1. Four. Disease and Health: The Tragic and the Human Realms of Thomas Mann
  2. pp. 86-113
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  1. Five. The World of Law as Pasteboard Mask
  2. pp. 114-153
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  1. Six. Joseph Conrad: Action, Inaction, and Extremity
  2. pp. 154-194
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  1. Seven. The Perils of "Enthusiast" Virtue
  2. pp. 195-227
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  1. Eight. Recent Criticism, "Thematics," and the Existential Dilemma
  2. pp. 228-268
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421430195
Related ISBN
9781421431192
MARC Record
OCLC
1122726587
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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