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

Paul Fleming

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758901
eISBN:
9780804769983
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758901.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Following Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's analysis of art's increasing difficulty to both engage and extricate itself from prosaic reality, this book investigates the strategies employed by German ... More


‘Tragic Failures’ and ‘Happy Mediocrity’: Biographies of Unsuccessful Men

Juliette Atkinson

in Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century 'Hidden' Lives

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199572137
eISBN:
9780191722967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572137.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter considers the biographies of men who had somehow failed. Like Ruskin, Browning, and Eliot, who each developed an ‘aesthetic of failure’, the biographers considered here cast failure in a ... More


Death's Following: Mediocrity, Dirtiness, Adulthood, Literature

John Limon

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823242795
eISBN:
9780823242832
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823242795.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Almost all twentieth-century philosophy stresses the immanence of death-as drive, as the context of Being, as the essence of humanity's defining ethics or language. Limon makes use of literary ... 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


Exemplarity and Mediocrity

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/9780804758901.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines aesthetics' long-standing abhorrence of mediocre quality, in which average art, even if it still can be sublime, is worse than artistic failure in a lot of ways. It ... More


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


The Average Artist (Goethe and Schiller on Dilettantism)

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/9780804758901.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines the aesthetics of the genius by focusing on the literary and theoretical writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller. In these writings, both Goethe and ... More


Conclusion

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/9780804758901.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The dilemma of exemplarity and mediocrity does not end in the nineteenth century, but assumes a different form in the twentieth century for a variety of reasons. One reason is that the distinction ... More


Jewish Leadership in the Generation of Expulsion

Marc Saperstein

in Leadership and Conflict: Tensions in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764494
eISBN:
9781800341081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764494.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores and challenges the basis for modern criticism against Jewish leaders in the Middle Ages. It then reviews the work of one of the most important rabbinic figures in that perilous ... More


Paradoxy of Modernism

Robert Scholes

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108200
eISBN:
9780300128840
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108200.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book intervenes in ongoing discussions about modernism in the arts during the crucial half-century from 1895 to 1945. While critics of and apologists for modernism have defined modern art and ... More


Thomas Bernhard's Rant

John Limon

in Death's Following: Mediocrity, Dirtiness, Adulthood, Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823242795
eISBN:
9780823242832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823242795.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on the concept of mediocrity: the mediocrity, central figure of Thomas Bernhard's novels, is another term for Heidegger's “They.” The mediocrity is defined here as someone for ... More


The Critique of Comic Reason

Daniel R. Smith

in Comedy and Critique: Stand-Up Comedy and the Professional Ethos of Laughter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781529200157
eISBN:
9781529200195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529200157.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter brings together themes and arguments from the preceding chapters to outline a theory of stand-up comedians as proto-sociologists. It begins by outlining a potential ‘subterranean’ ... More


The Future of Faculty Unionization

Cary Nelson

in No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814758595
eISBN:
9780814759059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814758595.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses the history, development, and future of faculty unionization in the United States and explores the importance of collective bargaining for the faculty. Collective bargaining ... More


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