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The origin of German tragic drama

Author: Walter Benjamin
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this text, the author offers a theoretical introduction to the nature of the baroque art of the 16th and 17th centuries, concentrating on the "Trauerspiel". He also comments on the engravings of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940.
Origin of German tragic drama.
London ; New York : Verso, 1998
(OCoLC)647093590
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Benjamin
ISBN: 1859848990 9781859848999 0860918378 9780860918370
OCLC Number: 40629433
Notes: Translation of: Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels.
Description: 256 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction / George Steiner --
Epistemo-Critical Prologue --
The Concept of the treatise --
Knowledge and truth --
Philosophical beauty --
Division and dispersal in the concept --
Idea as configuration --
The word as idea --
Ideas non-classificatory --
Burdach's nominalism --
Verism, syncretism, induction --
Croce and the artistic genres --
Origin --
Monadology --
Neglect and misinterpretation of baroque tragedy --
'Appreciation' --
Baroque and expressionism --
Pro domo --
Trauerspiel and Tragedy --
Baroque theory of the Trauerspiel --
The insignificance of the influence of Aristotle --
History as the content of the Trauerspiel --
Theory of sovereignty --
Byzantine sources --
Herodian dramas --
Indecisiveness --
Tyrant as martyr, martyr as tyrant --
Underestimation of the martyr-drama --
Christian chronicle and Trauerspiel --
Immanence of baroque drama --
Play and reflection --
Sovereign as creature --
Honour --
Destruction of the historical ethos --
Setting --
The courtier as saint and as intriguer --
The didactic intention of the Trauerspiel --
Volkelt's 'Aesthetics of the Tragic' --
Nietzsche's 'Birth of Tragedy' --
The tragic theory of German idealism --
Tragedy and legend --
Kingship and tragedy --
'Tragedy' old and new --
Tragic death as a framework --
Tragic, forensic and Platonic dialogue --
Mourning and tragedy --
Sturm und Drang, Classicism --
Haupt- und Staatsaktion, puppet play --
The intriguer as comic character --
The concept of fate in the fate-drama --
Natural and tragic guilt --
The stage property.
Other Titles: Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels.
Responsibility: Walter Benjamin ; translated by John Osborne ; [with an introduction by George Steiner].

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