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Tragic Views of the Human Condition: Cross-Cultural Comparisons Between Views of Human Nature in Greek and Shakespearean Tragedy and the Mahabharata and Bhagavadgita

Tragic Views of the Human Condition: Cross-Cultural Comparisons Between Views of Human Nature in Greek and Shakespearean Tragedy and the Mahabharata and Bhagavadgita

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Hardcover, Bloomsbury USA Academic, 2013, ISBN13 9781441194244, ISBN10 144119424X
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Hardcover, Bloomsbury USA Academic, 2013, ISBN13 9781441194244, ISBN10 144119424X

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Hardcover, Bloomsbury USA Academic, 2013, ISBN13 9781441194244, ISBN10 144119424X

Can tragic views of the human condition as known to Westerners through Greek and Shakespearean tragedy be identified outside European culture, in the Indian culture of Hindu epic drama? In what respects can the Mahabharata epic's and the Bhagavadgita's views of the human condition be called 'tragic' in the Greek and Shakespearean senses of the word?Tragic views of the human condition are primarily embedded in stories. Only afterwards are these views expounded in theories of tragedy and in philosophical anthropologies. Minnema identifies these embedded views of human nature by discussing the ways in which tragic stories raise a variety of anthropological issues--issues such as coping with evil, suffering, war, death, values, power, sacrifice, ritual, communication, gender, honour, injustice, knowledge, fate, freedom. Each chapter represents one cluster of tragic issues that are explored in terms of their particular (Greek, English, Indian) settings before being compared cross-culturally. In the end, the underlying question is: are Indian views of the human condition very different from Western views?

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Number of Pages: 572
Original Languages: English
Author: Minnema, Lourens
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Publication Date: May, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781441194244
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 8.75 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10: 144119424X
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