This Guide has explored some of the most important and influential discussions of tragedy from Aristotle in the fourth century BC to the most exciting criticism of the present day. The critical field is dynamic and interdisciplinary. As we have seen, the task of theorising tragedy is the provenance not just of the literary critic, but of philosophers, historians and others too. And among literary scholars, tragic theory engages the Renaissance critic as much as the postcolonial theorist and is relevant to students of ancient Greek literature, English, French, German, Russian, Norwegian, to name but a few. It is doubtful that many other art forms can claim to have this kind of longevity and relevance across time and space. There is already an extensive critical tradition: now we must ask, where does tragic theory go from here?
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