Table of Contents

Book Cover; Title; Contents; Acknowledgements; FESTIVE TRAGEDY: How to prevent the fiend and to kill vermin; SEEKING DEFINITIONS: Aristotle, Brecht, Artaud, and others; THE RITUAL GROUNDWORK; COMMUNITAS, HIERARCHY, LIMINALITY, VICTIMAGE; THE HOBBY-HORSE IS FORGOT: Tradition and transition; CONCLUSION: wRiting/Lost in translation; Notes; Bibliography; Index. A unique look at the social and religious foundations of the tragic genre. Liebler asks whether it is possible to regard tragic heroes such as Lear and Coriolanus as 'sacrificial victims of the prevailing social order'.