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

Author: Paul Fleming
Publisher: Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Exemplarity and Mediocrity explores the strategies modern German literature employed to increasingly attune itself to quotidian life-common heroes, everyday life, non-extraordinary events-while at the same time avoiding all notions of mediocre quality.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Fleming
ISBN: 9780804769983 0804769982
OCLC Number: 793166860
Description: 1 online resource (361 pages)
Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; CHAPTER 1 --
Exemplarity and Mediocrity; Exorbitant or Not at All; Living the "Mean" Life (Aristotle); The Rule of Mediocrity (Horace); Exemplary Originality (Kant); Exemplary Averageness (Kant/Schiller); Higher Criticism: Appreciating Mediocrity (Kleist); CHAPTER 2 --
The Average Audience (Lessing on Bourgeois Tragedy); How to Avoid a Tragic Fate; Middle Heroes; The Great Commonizer: Compassion; Art Without Admiration, or, the End of the Age of Great Men; How Many Tears Should the "Best Human" Shed?

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Exemplarity and Mediocrity explores the strategies modern German literature employed to increasingly attune itself to quotidian life-common heroes, everyday life, non-extraordinary events-while at the same time avoiding all notions of mediocre quality.

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