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The Dilemma of Naturalistic Tragedy: Strindberg's Miss Julie


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Until the time of Strindberg in the latter part of the nineteenth century, the dilemma of tragedy had been shaped by the divided heritage of the neoclassical view of Greek tragedy, on the one hand, and on the other, by its Elizabethan past in the open Shakespearean form of tragedy. The question whether it was possible for a modern dramatist to write tragedy had been debated at length, especially by Lessing and the Romantics who advocated new forms freed from the tyranny of the past.

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