Tragic Form. Conflict, Language, Actions. Lecture by Prof. Franco Moretti (Stanford University) (February 7, 2024; 17.30h; Center for Cultural Inquiry)
Since its inception in Greek antiquity the dramatic genre of tragedy has been concerned with conflict. More acutely so, tragedy is the literary form that has most explicitly focused on the conflict to death. As it has done so in some of the most memorable, beautiful words ever written, tragedy has produced an uncanny mix of beauty and horror. In his talk Franco Moretti will be looking at one of the conditions of possibility for tragic conflict, namely, the representation of the family as a possible symbolic form of civil war.