The Origin of German Tragic Drama

The Origin of German Tragic Drama

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Cited by Lukacs as a principal source of literary modernism, Walter Benjamin's study of the baroque stage-form called Trauerspiel (literally, "mourning play") is the most complete document of his prismatic literary and philosophical practice. Engaging with sixteenth- and seventeenth-century German playwrights as well as the plays of Shakespeare and Calderon and the engravings of Durer, Benjamin attempts to show how the historically charged forms of the Trauerspiel broke free of tragedy's mythological timelessness. From its philosophical prologue, which offers a rare account of Benjamin's early aesthetics, to its mind-wrenching meditation on allegory, The Origin of German Tragic Drama sparkles with early insights and the seeds of Benjamin's later thought.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 20mm | 284g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1844673480
  • 9781844673483
  • 30,253

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Walter Benjamin is the most important German aesthetician and literary critic of [the twentieth] century. * Sunday Times * He drew, from the obscure disdained German baroque, elements of the modern sensibility: the taste for allegory, surrealist shock effects, discontinuous utterance, a sense of historical catastrophe. -- Susan Sontag
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About Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and is the author of Illuminations, The Arcades Project, and The Origin of German Tragic Drama.
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