Dramatic Disgust

Aesthetic Theory and Practice from Sophocles to Sarah Kane

Aesthetic disgust is a key component of most classic works of drama because it has much more potential than to simply shock the audience. This first extensive study on dramatic disgust places this sensation among pity and fear as one of the core emotions that can achieve katharsis in drama. The book sets out in antiquity and traces the history of dramatic disgust through Kant, Freud, and Kristeva to Sarah Kane's in-yer-face theatre. It establishes a framework to analyze forms and functions of disgust in drama by investigating its different cognates (miasma, abjection, etc.). Providing a concise argument against critics who have discredited aesthetic disgust as juvenile attention-grabbing, Sarah J. Ablett explains how this repulsive emotion allows theatre to dig deeper into what it means to be human.

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30 July 2020, 204 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8394-5210-3
File size: 1.22 MB

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Sarah J. Ablett

Sarah J. Ablett, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Deutschland

Author(s)
Sarah J. Ablett
Book title
Dramatic Disgust Aesthetic Theory and Practice from Sophocles to Sarah Kane
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
204
ISBN
978-3-8394-5210-3
DOI
10.14361/9783839452103
Commodity Group
1562
BIC-Code
DSB HPN AN
BISAC-Code
LIT000000 PHI001000 PER011020
THEMA-Code
DSB QDTN ATD
Release date
30 July 2020
Topics
Theater, Literatur
Readership
Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Theatre Studies, Philosophy
Keywords/Tags
Drama, Aesthetic Theory, Disgust, Abjection, Sarah Kane, Aesthetics, History of Theatre, Literary Studies, Literature, Theatre, Theatre Studies

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