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Margins of Genre: Walter Benjamin and the Idea of Tragedy

Joshua Billings

in Tragedy and the Idea of Modernity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198727798
eISBN:
9780191800672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727798.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Although Walter Benjamin is often omitted from discussions of the concept of ‘the tragic’ and viewed as rigorously historicizing in his approach to tragedy, this chapter argues that his 1928 Origin ... More


Leben und Glück: Modernity and Tragedy in Walter Benjamin, Hölderlin, and Sophocles

Andrew Benjamin

in Tragedy and the Idea of Modernity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198727798
eISBN:
9780191800672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727798.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

While there are references within the last speech by the Chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone to both the Gods and a self-referential concern with age, the speech can be read and heard as recasting a number ... More


Tragedy and Trauerspiel: Too Alike?

Samuel Weber

in Tragedy and the Idea of Modernity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198727798
eISBN:
9780191800672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727798.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Despite Walter Benjamin’s fascination and esteem for Friedrich Hölderlin, Benjamin’s theory of tragedy as outlined in his The Origins of the German Mourning Play seems diametrically opposed to ... More


Carl Schmitt: Tragedy and the Intrusion of History

Miriam Leonard

in Tragedy and the Idea of Modernity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198727798
eISBN:
9780191800672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727798.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the role that questions of history have played in the modern re-evaluation of tragedy. It discusses the essay Hamlet or Hecuba by the controversial German political theorist ... More


Tragedy and Modern Critical Debate

Eleftheria Ioannidou

in Greek Fragments in Postmodern Frames: Rewriting Tragedy 1970-2005

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780199664115
eISBN:
9780191833380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664115.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The first chapter offers an overview of the twentieth-century critical debates on tragedy in the modern era, drawing on theorists from George Steiner and Walter Benjamin to Raymond Williams and Terry ... More


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