Univ of New York Press The first evaluation and critique of Hegel's theory of tragedy and comedy, this book also develops an original theory of both genres.
Book News Evolving from an introduction to a graduate course on the philosophy of tragedy, Roche (German language and literature, philosophy; U. of Notre Dame) develops his own theory of comedy and tragedy while critically evaluating Hegel's theory of each genre. In pursuing an aesthetics tour from ancient Greek drama through German drama to contemporary US cinema (e.g. Hitchcock), he extols the Hegelian system of categories as the most comprehensive, convincing one ever developed. However, he balances that praise with discussion of such gaps in his philosophy as a crucial category Hegel never dreamed of: intersubjectivity (i.e. subject-subject relations). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.