Έντυπο 37,00 25,90 Προσθήκη στο καλάθι

This is a study of the significance and social function of tragic poetry as understood and explained by Aristotle in his treatise On the Art of Poetry. Like other works of the philosopher, the Poetics is at the same time descriptive and prescriptive, historical and theoretical: it deals with an art created and practiced almost exclusively in Athens in the fifth and earlier fourth centuries, although it was adopted by other Greeks in the second part of the fourth century, and later spread, alongside the Greek language, all over the Hellenistic world to become the mark of Hellenic culture in the centuries following the death of Aristotle and Alexander the Great.

In the Poetics, Aristotle does not discuss the performance of drama as such. However, he considers music as a means of imitation -specifically, imitation of ethical qualities- which enhanced the signification of language in performance.

He also puts forward a theory of reception of tragic poetry with regard to what he calls its «proper pleasure», which results from specific types of plot, representing terrible and pitiful events, and brings about in the end a «catharsis of such emotions». This elliptic statement is discussed in a central chapter with reference to the main theories of its interpretation: medical, ethical, and cognitive. A comprehensive new reading is proposed which combines all references to catharsis in Aristotelian texts with his teaching about the function of the emotions. For Aristotle, emotions are directly relevant to moral excellence, and also contribute to cognition and decision-making. His views about the emotions are seen to be confirmed by contemporary neural science.

ΣΥΓΓΡΑΦΕΑΣ

Ο Γ. Μ. Σηφάκης είναι ομότιμος καθηγητής της αρχαίας ελληνικής φιλολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης και πρώην Alexander S. Onassis Professor της αρχαίας ελληνικής φιλολογίας και του νεοελληνικού πολιτισμού στο Πανεπιστήμιο της Νέας Υόρκης (1992-2003). Έχει επίσης διδάξει στα Πανεπιστήμια της Καλιφόρνιας, της Θεσσαλονίκης και της Κρήτης. Οι ερευνητικές του δραστηριότητες και δημοσιεύσεις αφορούν στην από σκηνής ερμηνεία του αρχαίου δράματος, στην ποιητική της αφήγησης στην αρχαία, μεσαιωνική και νεώτερη λογοτεχνία, και στην παραδοσιακή λογοτεχνία. Μεταξύ των έργων του: "Parabasis and animal choruses" (1971)· "Για μια ποιητική του ελληνικού δημοτικού τραγουδιού" (1988)· "Aristotle on the function of the tragic poetry" (2003).

ΠΕΡΙΕΧΟΜΕΝΑ

I. THE FUNCTION OF POETRY
History and poetry
Collective world-view and representation of «universals»

II. THE AUDIENCE OF TRAGEDY

III. THE PLEASURE OF LEARNING
Contemplating and understanding imitations
Reasoning and the imitations of the katholou

IV. THE FUNCTION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF MUSIC IN TRAGEDY
The means of tragic imitation
Condiments and the art of cooking
Music as imitation of ethical qualities
«So then, don’t we say that all music is representational and imitative?»

V. THE PROPER PLEASURE OF TRAGEDY
The ergon and telos of epic and tragic poetry
The medical purgation theory of catharsis
Homoeopathy and «the sacred melodies»
«Cathartic melodies» and «harmless pleasure»
The meaning of catharsis in the Politics
The medical theory of tragic catharsis once more
Tragic catharsis and emotional moderation
Theories of (re)cognition
Tragedy’s different benefits
Emotions, judgement, and understanding
The special pleasure of tragedy and catharsis

VI. PASSION AND REASON     
«Descartes’ Error»
Emotions, deliberation and choice in Aristotle’s Rhetoric

VII. THE ERGON OF TRAGEDY: A RECAPITULATION

 

ΑΝΑΛΥΤΙΚΕΣ ΠΛΗΡΟΦΟΡΙΕΣ

  • ISBN
    978-960-524-132-2
  • ISBN
    960-524-132-3
  • Κωδικός στον Εύδοξο
    877
  • A' έκδοση
    2001
  • Τρέχουσα έκδοση
    2002
  • Τεχνικά χαρακτηριστικά
    212 15.5 23.5
  • Τιμή καταλόγου
    37,00