Help me reference my thesis!
October 18, 2010 9:11 PM   Subscribe

Please help me find an article or book I would like to use for my literary theory thesis. This is all I know about it: 1) It was authored by two french males. 2) It is about tragedy in 5th century BC Athens. 3) It introduces the phrase 'tragic moment' 4) It is from the 20th century.

I remember using it for some undergrad essays, however I can't find my copy of these essays and the lecturer for that subject has unfortunately passed away. None of the other lecturers at my university are experts on tragedy and none knew of the text I was talking about. I remember there is one quote that is almost perfect for the intro to a chapter for my essay, but I can't find it for the life of me. If any theory nerds out there know what this text is I would be eternally grateful.
posted by rigby99 to Religion & Philosophy (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm not sure which essay of theirs this could be, but is it possible it was Deleuze and Guattari?
posted by nasreddin at 9:41 PM on October 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Based on some Googling, it appears that the phrase "tragic moment" was coined by a man named Jean-Pierre Vernant, which fits the French male part of your memory.

A bit more searching adding his name to the query pulls up this article which references a work by Vernant and Pierre Vidal-Naquet, titled "Myth and Tragedy in Ancient Greece."
posted by cerebus19 at 9:45 PM on October 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks for your reply nasreddin. I'm fairly certain it isn't Deleuze, only because I've asked a friend of mine who did her MA on Deleuze and she didn't think it was Deleuze. Not very scientific I know.
posted by rigby99 at 9:46 PM on October 18, 2010

This might well be it: Jean-Pierre Vernant and Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Myth and Tragedy in Ancient Greece.
posted by Rain Man at 9:47 PM on October 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

Oh, and you can buy that very book on Amazon.
posted by cerebus19 at 9:47 PM on October 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

That is, the book that cerebus19 just linked!
posted by Rain Man at 9:48 PM on October 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: BANG!

Thanks!!!!! It's all coming flooding back now. I'd been writing down various combinations of French male names (Jean-Michel, Pierre-Jean, etc) and googling them, so eventually I would have found it.

Now I have to get back to my thesis :(
posted by rigby99 at 9:49 PM on October 18, 2010

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