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Contents Prefatory Note Part I. The Excess of Judgment: A Reading of Oedipus Tyrannus 1. "It was I myself": The Shape of Destiny Acting, Knowing, Judging "In the Manner of Tragedy" 2. From Judging to Being Judged: The Story of Oedipus The Juridification of the Oracle Placing a Curse Self-Condemnation The "Curse of the Law" 3. Author and Character: Oedipus's Existence Dramatic Existence Transcendental Dramatics Excursus: The Concept of Tragic Irony 4. The Violence of Judgment: Oedipus's Experience Philosophy and Tragedy The Objectivity of Judgment Oedipus's Lament Errors Great and Small The Paradox in the Judgment of an Error 5. "Learning from Suffering": Tragedy and Life Part II. Theoretical Interlude: The Process of Tragedy 6. Toward an Aesthetics of Tragedy: From the Beautiful to Play The Suspension of the Tragic in the Beautiful Contemplation or Reflection Acting Out Action The Freedom of the Actor 7. Promise and Impotence of Play Parody of Tragedy and Tragedy of Parody: Romantic Comedy The Untragic Hero: The Dialectical Lehrst?ck Meta-theater, Meta-tragedy Part III. The Tragedy of Play 8. Tragedy and Skepticism: On Hamlet Action, Knowledge, Play "Madness" and Irony Dizziness of Reflection: Theater and Tragedy 9. Three Sketches: Beckett, M?ller, Strauss The Score of the Feud: Samuel Beckett's Endgame Gladiators of Play: Heiner M?ller's Philoktet Never: Botho Strauss's Ithaka Backnotes Bibliography
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Tragedy -- History and criticism.