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8. Timing

8. Timing  

Poole Adrian

in Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802354.003.0009
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Tragedies are about timing, both good and bad. They are also about knowing the right time to act or to refrain from acting. This applies to many of the arts, including opera and song. ... More
9. Endings

9. Endings  

Poole Adrian

in Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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It is hard to determine when tragedies end. This does not stop us from trying to work it out. The ending is more than just a moment in time. It takes and needs time. We find comfort in ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Poole Adrian

in Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775543
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802354.003.0001
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What does the word tragedy mean and in what context is it used? It is used to confer dignity and value on bad news. The Introduction asks: is this word now bandied around so much that its ... More
3. The living dead

3. The living dead  

Poole Adrian

in Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802354.003.0004
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Tragedy is full of ghosts. Ghosts in tragedy are invariably associated with judgement and retributive justice. ‘The living dead’ looks at why there are so many ghosts in tales of tragedy. A ... More
2. Tragedy: Birth, Death, Rebirth

2. Tragedy: Birth, Death, Rebirth  

Michael Tanner

in Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776670
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854148.003.0002
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‘Tragedy’ considers Nietzsche's controversial first book, The Birth of Tragedy, and the many amendments he made to it throughout his life. The three main concerns of this book that drew ... More
4. Morality and its Discontents

4. Morality and its Discontents  

Michael Tanner

in Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776670
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854148.003.0004
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Nietzsche's fundamental concern throughout his life was to plot the relationship between suffering and culture, or cultures. ‘Morality and its Discontents’ shows that correlative with this ... More
1. History, genre, text

1. History, genre, text  

William Allen

in Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2014
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Mar 2014
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10.1093/actrade/9780199665457.003.0001
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‘History, genre, text’ introduces this overview of classical literature, a period spanning over 1,200 years (c.750 bc to ad 500) and explains how these texts survived to this day. The ... More
2. Once upon a time

2. Once upon a time  

Poole Adrian

in Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802354.003.0003
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Does ‘real’ tragedy belong to the past? George Steiner stated in The Death of Tragedy (1961) that the 17th century marks the ‘great divide’ in the history of tragedy. From this point of ... More
6. No laughing matter

6. No laughing matter  

Poole Adrian

in Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775543
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802354.003.0007
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What is the connection between comedy and tragedy? Why do we find tragedy in the arts comic? If the brute matter of tragedy consists of pain, grief, death, and bereavement, laughter brings ... More
Epilogue: why might we enjoy tragedies?

Epilogue: why might we enjoy tragedies?  

Stanley Wells

in Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2017
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Apr 2017
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9780191827297
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10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.003.0013
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‘Epilogue: why might we enjoy tragedies?’ considers why we pay good money to subject ourselves to displays of misery, cruelty, suicide, murder—even cannibalism. Perhaps central to the ... More
William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction  

Stanley Wells

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Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
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9780191788048
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718628.001.0001
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9780198718628
William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction provides a guide to the life and writings of one of the world’s greatest and best-known dramatists: William Shakespeare. Looking ... More
4. Plotting mischief

4. Plotting mischief  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0005
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Good comedy has a knack of good timing and storytelling. It is the art of surprise, but established routine is what makes surprise possible. Jokes work because we expect the result, and our ... More
4. Conventions

4. Conventions  

Ken Binmore

in Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776991
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10.1093/actrade/9780199218462.003.0004
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‘Convention’ explores the role of conventions in games and society. Conventions may be entirely arbitrary, but are extremely important in society. Humans will invent conventions in ... More
5. Marx

5. Marx  

Andrew Bowie

in German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777561
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569250.003.0005
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‘Marx’ explains how in debates which form the context of the work of Karl Marx people begin to talk for the first time of the ‘end of philosophy’. From the 1830s onwards, philosophy became ... More
Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction  

Adrian Poole

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Aug 2005
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802354.001.0001
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Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction addresses questions of tragedy about belief, blame, mourning, revenge, pain, witnessing, timing, and ending and demonstrates the age-old ... More
Environmental Law: A Very Short Introduction

Environmental Law: A Very Short Introduction  

Elizabeth Fisher

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191835643
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794189.001.0001
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9780198794189
Environmental law is the law concerned with environmental problems. It is a vast area of law that operates from the local to the global, involving a range of different legal and regulatory ... More
10. Lessons

10. Lessons  

Elizabeth Fisher

in Environmental Law: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191835643
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794189.003.0010
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We live in precarious times. The environmental problems of the Anthropocene are products of our interconnectedness. ‘Lessons’ explains that it is important to understand what environmental ... More
The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction

The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction  

Paul I. Palmer

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191788970
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10.1093/actrade/9780198722038.001.0001
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9780198722038
The atmosphere is the thin, diffuse fluid that envelops the Earth’s surface. Despite its apparent fragility, the existence of this fluid is vital for human and other life on Earth. The ... More
6. Our future atmosphere

6. Our future atmosphere  

Paul I. Palmer

in The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191788970
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10.1093/actrade/9780198722038.003.0006
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9780198722038
There is still much about Earth’s atmosphere we do not fully understand, which limits our ability to predict large-scale changes to the atmosphere. As Earth’s climate changes new scientific ... More
8. The future of development

8. The future of development  

Ian Goldin

in Development: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191799983
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10.1093/actrade/9780198736257.003.0008
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9780198736257
‘The future of development’ considers some of the key challenges facing all countries: the sequencing of different policy reforms and investment efforts; the role of private investment and ... More

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