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This front matter section of the book The Locus of Tragedy contains the table of contents, series preface and editors? preface. As a dramatic genre, tragedy originated in a very specific historical context. It had its roots in Dionysian rites, and blossomed in the Greek polis of the fifth century BC. Now, after twenty-five centuries of Western history, tragedy and the tragic together should be considered among the key concepts of our culture. This observation frames the discussion of the book. The book wants to open up the philosophical perspective and the perspective of the literary theorist on the tragic. It consists of six thematically organized parts. The first three parts are historical and trace the locus of tragedy in the Greek polis, early modernity, and late modernity. The last three parts deal with tragedy and anthropology, tragedy and modern literature, and the sense of the tragic in contemporary culture.

Keywords: contemporary culture; literary theorist; philosophical perspective; tragedy



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