katharsis


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Noun1.katharsis - purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
purging, purge - an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
2.katharsis - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensionskatharsis - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
purging, purge - an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
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The final chapter, on the Poetics, combines a new interpretation of katharsis with an overview of the effects of tragic theater in classical Athens.
In Poetics 1449b27-28, Aristotle vaguely states that a katharsis (37) of the spectators' emotions or intellects is brought about through tragedy.
Katharsis (Greek) is defined as purgation or purification (Oxford English Dictionary) and refers to the Greek chorus that employed music, dance, poetry, and song to purify the soul.
Este proceso de identificacion, a su vez, esta en la base de la katharsis o efecto purificador de las emociones del publico y que constituye el principal beneficio de la estructura tragica.
De abia dupa acest examen critic, dupa acest katharsis intelectual putem sa ne asumam pe deplin comunitatea in care traim: dupa ce ii expunem defectele si ne angajam ferm sa facem eforturi, pe cat posibil, in directia corectarii lor.
In addition, it may be proposed that this "doubling" of the family bond in friendship engenders the katharsis that Aristotle may have sought, when employing this "most vexed" (Halliwell [1995]1999: 17) term of the Poetics.
The absence of the notion of katharsis as the 'highest goal' of soul (Plato, Phaedo, 67c) in the Hippocratic passage was already demonstrated by A.
Focusing on that early audience's reaction--namely, their bursting into tears--Kottman challenges Aristotle's understanding of the relation between mimesis and politics, insofar as these tears are not a manifestation of Katharsis.
Aristotle's katharsis also serves a healing function by discharging emotional excess, especially the feelings of pity and fear in the audience viewing the tragedy.
It has been argued that the plots of the novels closely parallel Aristotle's analysis of tragedy, (80) and Chariton goes so far as to mention katharsis towards the end of his novel.
From the medical underpinnings of Aristotle's theory of katharsis through the anatomy theaters of Andreas Vesalius and the influence of humoral medicine on Elizabethan and Jacobean characterization, the two disciplines demonstrated a shared preoccupation with questions of embodiment, observation, and somatic representation.
The only tragic katharsis Euripides can imagine for Hekabe is to cleanse her of her very human skin--by turning her into a dog.