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Tragedy and Comedy


Aristotle. Poetics. Edited and translated by Stephen Halliwell. Loeb Classical Library 199. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995.

Bayley, John. Shakespeare and Tragedy. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1981

Boethius. The Theological Tractates. Edited and translated by S. J. Tester. Loeb Classical Library 74. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1973.

Bradley, A. C. Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth. London: Macmillan 1904. The second edition appeared in 1905, with uncounted reprintings since.

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Riverside Chaucer. Edited by Larry D. Benson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987.

Eagleton, Terry. Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2003.

Isidore of Seville. Etymologiae. 1911. 2 vols. Edited by W. M. Lindsay. Reprint, Oxford: Clarendon, 1985. For English translations of pertinent passages, see Kelly, Ideas and Forms, chap. 3, sec. 1, 36-50.

Janko, Richard. Aristotle on Comedy: Towards a Reconstruction of Poetics II. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.

Kelly, Henry Ansgar. Ideas and Forms of Tragedy from Aristotle to the Middle Ages. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

——. Tragedy and Comedy from Dante to Pseudo-Dante. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.

Nelson, T. G. A. Comedy: An Introduction to the Theory of Comedy in Literature, Drama, and Cinema. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Segal, Erich. The Death of Comedy. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001.

Steiner, George. The Death of Tragedy. New York: Knopf, 1961. Reprint, with new foreword, New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

Williams, Raymond. Modern Tragedy. London: Chatto and Windus, 1966. Reprint, with new afterword, London: Verso, 1979.

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Science EncyclopediaScience & Philosophy: Toxicology - Toxicology In Practice to TwinsTragedy and Comedy - Greek Origins, The Latin World, Medieval Contributions, The Renaissance, Problems Of Definition, Bibliography