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The Average Audience (Lessing on Bourgeois Tragedy)

in Exemplarity and Mediocrity: The Art of the Average from Bourgeois Tragedy to Realism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758901
eISBN:
9780804769983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758901.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In The Birth of Tragedy (1872), Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche declares that when the “man of everyday life” assumes the tragic stage, it spells doom for tragedy—and with it great art. This chapter ... More


Introduction

in Exemplarity and Mediocrity: The Art of the Average from Bourgeois Tragedy to Realism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758901
eISBN:
9780804769983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758901.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This book examines German-language literature from 1750 to 1850, focusing on the tension between exemplarity and mediocrity that was played out primarily in the world of letters. In particular, it ... More


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