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Tragedy is a leading dramatic genre of European literature in which profound suffering is portrayed. Key elements of the plot often include an insoluble conflict and a fatal error or lapse. Events usually lead to a bleak ending. The early modern history of the tragic genre is characterized by the interplay of poetological and philosophical reflection on the one hand, and dramatic and theatrical p…

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Krippner, Friederike and Sittig, Claudius, “Tragedy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029012>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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