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978-0-226-31394-8 / 0226313948

Aristotle's Poetics

by Stephen Halliwell

Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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In this, the fullest, sustained interpretation of Aristotle's Poetics available in English, Stephen Halliwell demonstrates that the Poetics, despite its laconic brevity, is a coherent statement of a challenging theory of poetic art, and it hints towards a theory of mimetic art in general. Assessing this theory against the background of earlier Greek views on poetry and art, particularly Plato's, Halliwell goes further than any previous author in setting Aristotle's ideas in the wider context of his philosophical system.

The core of the book is a fresh appraisal of Aristotle's view of tragic drama, in which Halliwell contends that at the heart of the Poetics lies a philosophical urge to instill a secularized understanding of Greek tragedy.

"Essential reading not only for all serious students of the Poetics . . . but also for thosethe great majoritywho have prudently fought shy of it altogether."B. R. Rees, Classical Review

"A splendid work of scholarship and analysis . . . a brilliant interpretation."Alexander Nehamas, Times Literary Supplement

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