Tragedy and mithical reapprehension



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Universidad EAFIT - Departamento de Humanidades


This paper draws attention to the relation that may be established between Attic tragedy and the Greek mythical tradition. After describing cultural conditions that make this relation possible, the paper advances the idea that the Dionysian religious festival -organized as a theatrical contest- is rooted in a mythical reapprehension process underlying drama in general and tragedy in particular. More specifically, this paper conjectures that myth reapprehension, which leads to the new poetic order referred to as tragedy, encompass three stages: selection and modification, restructuration and codification. Social and artistic aspects involved in each of these stages are addressed in the paper in order to shed light on the conjecture stated above.


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