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Tragedy

Synopsis
Radio programme. Together with guests Professor George Steiner and Professor Catherine Belsey, presenter Melvyn Bragg examines the history of the genre of tragedy and examines whether we (still) have a psychological need for it, either as catharsis or Schadenfreude. How tragic are Shakespeare’s tragedies in comparison to the Greek play on the one hand, and modern notions of the ‘tragic’ on the other.
Series
In Our Time
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Multimedia; Radio
Transmission details
2 Dec 1999 at 09:02 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Producer
Charlie Taylor
Contributor
Catherine Belsey; George Steiner; Melvyn Bragg

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Hamlet; Macbeth; Othello; Timon of Athens
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
literary theory; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); tragedy

Notes

Textual information
George Steiner, The Death of Tragedy (Faber and Faber, 1961)
Catherine Belsey, The Subject of Tragedy: Identity and Difference in Renaissance Drama (Methuen, 1985)

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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