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Tragic Time in Drama, Film, and Videogames

The Future in the Instant

Authors: Bushnell, Rebecca

  • Takes an innovative approach to the study of tragedy, questioning commonly held assumptions about the genre
  • Considers how tragedy has impacted the presentation of temporality on screen
  • Looks at a range of forms and eras, from Greek tragedies to videogames and new media
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About this book

This book explores how classical and Shakespearean tragedy has shaped the temporality of crisis on the stage and in time-travel films and videogames. In turn, it uncovers how performance and new media can challenge common assumptions about tragic causality and fate. Traditional tragedies may present us with a present when a calamity is staged, a decisive moment in which everything changes. However, modern performance, adaptation and new media can question the premises of that kind of present crisis and its fatality. By offering replays or alternative endings, experimental theatre, adaptation, time travel films and videogames reinvent the tragic experience of irreversible present time. This book offers the reader a fresh understanding of tragic character and agency through these new media’s exposure of the genre’s deep structure.

About the authors

Rebecca Bushnell is the School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She has written books on many different subjects, including prophecy in Homer and Sophocles, Renaissance tyrant plays, early modern humanist pedagogy, early English gardening books, and the genre of tragedy.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Time, Choice, and Consequences in Greek and Shakespearean Tragedy

    Bushnell, Rebecca

    Pages 1-22

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  • Tragic Adaptation and Performance: Undoing the Play

    Bushnell, Rebecca

    Pages 23-45

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  • Time-Travel Films: Replaying Time, Choice, and Action

    Bushnell, Rebecca

    Pages 47-64

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  • Tragic Time and Choice in Videogames

    Bushnell, Rebecca

    Pages 65-86

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Buy this book

eBook 41,64 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58526-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 51,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58525-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tragic Time in Drama, Film, and Videogames
Book Subtitle
The Future in the Instant
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58526-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58526-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58525-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 108
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