The Origin of German Tragic Drama

The Origin of German Tragic Drama

Offers a source of literary modernism in the twentieth century.

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: UOM:39015084096216

Category: Drama

Page: 256

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Offers a source of literary modernism in the twentieth century.
Categories: Drama

Origin of the German Trauerspiel

Origin of the German Trauerspiel

Focusing on the 17th-century play of mourning, Walter Benjamin identifies allegory as the constitutive trope of modernity, bespeaking a haunted, bedeviled world of mutability and eternal transience.

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780674744240

Category: German drama (Tragedy)

Page: 336

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Focusing on the 17th-century play of mourning, Walter Benjamin identifies allegory as the constitutive trope of modernity, bespeaking a haunted, bedeviled world of mutability and eternal transience. In this rigorous elegant translation, history as trauerspiel is the condition as well as subject of modern allegory in its inscription of the abyssal.
Categories: German drama (Tragedy)

Walter Benjamin s Other History

Walter Benjamin s Other History

In this study, Beatrice Hanssen unlocks the philosophical and ethical dimensions of the Trauerspiel study, showing how its thematics persisted well into the later writings of the thirties.

Author: Beatrice Hanssen

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520226845

Category: Philosophy

Page: 207

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"Hanssen’s exacting, expansive study of the ways Benjamin reconceives history and nature in one another’s presence, or distance, is part of the increasing recognition of what it must take intellectually and imaginatively to come to terms with this thinker’s soaring innovations."—Stanley Cavell, Harvard University "In this profoundly learned book Hanssen interprets Benjamin's The Origin of German Tragic Drama as the key to understanding his entire corpus. . . . Many books about Benjamin are impenetrable. This one is not." —S. Gittleman, Choice "Beatrice Hanssen has provided an arresting new reading of Benjamin, based on a wide range of materials and a subtle understanding of theoretical issues, both in his time and our own. Her interpretation is informed by contemporary deconstructionist approaches to the fundamental questions raised by Benjamin’s texts, which she demonstrates anticipate many of the concerns of Derrida, Levinas and other recent thinkers."—Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley "Beatrice Hanssen elaborates Benjamin's extremely novel and complex notion of 'history' with unparalleled thoroughness, cogency, and clarity."—Samuel Weber, University of California, Los Angeles
Categories: Philosophy

Cultural Memory and Historical Consciousness in the German speaking World Since 1500

Cultural Memory and Historical Consciousness in the German speaking World Since 1500

Although Benjamin's notion of ' ruin ' is to a considerable extent influenced by his studies of German Baroque and late - Renaissance culture , Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels ( The Origin of the German Tragic Drama , 1928 ) ...

Author: Christian Emden

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039101609

Category: History

Page: 316

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This is the first of three volumes based on papers given at the conference 'The Fragile Tradition: The German Cultural Imagination Since 1500' in Cambridge, 2002. Together they provide a conspectus of current research on the cultural, historical and literary imagination of the German-speaking world across the whole of the modern period. This volume highlights the ways in which cultural memory and historical consciousness have been shaped by experiences of discontinuity, focusing particularly on the reception of the Reformation, the literary and ideological heritage of the Enlightenment, and the representation of war, the Holocaust, and the reunification of Germany in contemporary literature and museum culture.
Categories: History

Olive Schreiner and African Modernism

Olive Schreiner and African Modernism

33 Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, p. 232. 34 Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, p. 167. 35 Nanni, p. 50; Keletso E. Atkins, The Moon is Dead! Give Us Our Money! The Cultural Origins of an African Work Ethic, ...

Author: Jade Munslow Ong

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317388364

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

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This book works across established categories of modernism and postcolonialism in order to radically revise the periods, places, and topics traditionally associated with anti-colonialism and aesthetic experimentation in African literature. The book is the first account of Olive Schreiner as a theorist and practitioner of modernist form advancing towards an emergent postcolonialism. The book draws on and broadens discussions in and around the blossoming field of global modernist studies by interrogating the conventionally accepted genealogy of development that positions Europe and America as the sites of innovation. It provides an original examination of the relationships between metaphor, postcolonialism, and modernist experimentation by showing how politically and aesthetically innovative African forms rely on allegorical structures, in contrast to the symbolism dominant in Euro-American modernism. An original theoretical concept of the role of primitivism and allegory within the context of modernism and associated critical theory is proposed through the integration of postcolonial, Marxist, and ecocritical approaches to literature. The book provides original readings of Schreiner’s three novels, Undine, The Story of An African Farm, and From Man to Man, in light of the new theory of primitivism in African literature by directly addressing the issue of narrative form. This argument is contextualised in relation to the work of other Southern African authors, in whose writings the impact of Schreiner’s politics and aesthetics can be traced. These authors include J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Doris Lessing, Solomon T. Plaatje, and Zoe Wicomb, amongst others. This book brings the most current debates in modernist studies, ecocriticism, and primitivism into the field of postcolonial studies and contributes to a widening of the debates surrounding gender, race, empire, and modernism.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Working with Walter Benjamin

Working with Walter Benjamin

Benjamin, Origin of German Tragic Drama, p. 139; Gesammelte Schriften I.1, p. 317. 40. For a comprehensive examination of the role of Saturn within the structure of European history of ideas – albeit not a study that deploys a concern ...

Author: Andrew Benjamin

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748634354

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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This book provides a highly original approach to the writings of the twentieth-century German philosopher Walter Benjamin by one of his most distinguished readers. It develops the idea of 'working with' Benjamin, seeking both to read his corpus and to put it to work - to show how a reading of Benjamin can open up issues that may not themselves be immediately at stake in his texts. The defining elements in Benjamin's writings that Andrew Benjamin isolates - history, experience, translation, technical reproducibility and politics - are put to work; that is, their utility is established in engaging the works of others. The question is how utility is understood. As Andrew Benjamin argues, utility involves demonstrating the different ways in which Benjamin is a central thinker within the project of understanding the nature of modernity. This is best achieved by noting connections and points of differentiation between his work and the writings of Adorno and Heidegger. However, the more demanding project is that 'working with' Benjamin necessitates deploying the implicit assumptions within his writings as well as demanding of his formulations more than is provided by their initial presentation. What is at stake is not the application of Benjamin's thought. Rather what counts is its use.Working with Benjamin engages with the themes central to Benjamin's work with deftness, daring and critical insight while at the same time situating those themes within current academic and cultural debates.
Categories: Philosophy

Tragedy Modernity and Mourning

Tragedy  Modernity and Mourning

Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, p. 103. 11. For a critique of Benjamin's aesthetisation thesis, see Boris Groys, The Total Art of Stalinism: Avant-garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship and Beyond, trans.

Author: Olga Taxidou

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748666058

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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This powerful reinterpretation of Greek tragedy focuses on the performative - the physical and civic - dimension of tragedy. It challenges the idealist, humanist, and universalist approaches that have informed our most cherished philosophical, psychoanalytical, and modern interpretations of Greek tragedy and, in doing so, asks us to renew our relation to these works and to our literary and philosophical inheritance.The book reassesses tragic form in relation to Athenian democracy and links it with a performative discourse that both excludes the feminine and relies on civic and private forms of mourning. At the same time, it explores the centrality of tragedy for thinkers of Modernity such as Holderlin, Nietzsche, Hegel, Freud, Brecht and Benjamin. Through a persuasive analysis of both classical theorists - Plato and Aristotle - and modern theorists - Benjamin, Lacan, Kristeva, Derrida and Butler - the book significantly shifts the emphasis from a Sophoclean model of tragedy to a Euripidean one. Close readings of the performance aspects of Greek play-texts help illuminate these ideas.Features* Compelling new interpretation of Greek tragedy * Performance based * Attentive to issues of gender
Categories: Literary Criticism

Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition

Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition

... The Origin of German Trauerspiel , was a more formal , scholarly treatise in literary history and philosophical ... or German baroque tragic drama , he dispelled classicist prejudices and set a modern genre in its rights .

Author: John Joseph McCole

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801497116

Category: Fiction

Page: 329

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Selected for honorable mention for the Morris D. Forkosch Prize in intellectual history, awarded annually by the Journal of the History of Ideas"This sophisticated yet reader-friendly study represents a significant advance in American criticism on Walter Benjamin. . . . I endorse Irving Wohlfarth's statement that this is 'the best book-length study of Benjamin yet to have appeared in English' and enthusiastically recommend it to novice and devotee alike."—Philosophy and Literature
Categories: Fiction

Shakespeare s Curse

Shakespeare s Curse

402 Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, op. cit., p. 230. 403 Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, op. cit., p. 227. 404 Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, op. cit., p. 230. 405 Carl Schmitt, Hamlet or Hecuba: ...

Author: Bjoern Quiring

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000155211

Category: Law

Page: 256

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Conceptualizing the curse as the representation of a foundational, mythical violence that is embedded within juridical discourse, Shakespeare’s Curse pursues a reading of Richard III, King John, and King Lear in order to analyse the persistence of imprecations in the discourses of modernity. Shakespeare wrote during a period that was transformative in the development of juridical thinking. However, taking up the relationship between theatre, theology and law, Bjoern Quiring argues that the curse was not eliminated from legal discourses during this modernization of jurisprudence; rather, it persisted and to this day continues to haunt numerous speech acts. Drawing on the work of Derrida, Lacan, Walter Benjamin and Giorgio Agamben, among others, Quiring analyses the performativity of the curse, and tracks its power through the juristic themes that are pursued within Shakespeare’s plays – such as sovereignty, legitimacy, succession, obligation, exception, and natural law. Thus, this book provides an original and important insight into early modern legal developments, as well as a fresh perspective on some of Shakespeare’s best-known works. A fascinating interdisciplinary study, this book will interest students and scholars of Law, Literature, and History.
Categories: Law

Lost Beyond Telling

Lost Beyond Telling

The Origin of German Tragic Drama , trans . John Osborne ( London : NLB , 1977 ) , pp . 230 and 185 , respectively ; hereafter cited as Origin . Pleasure , Kristeva remarks , is a fundamental element in the allegorical presentation of ...

Author: Richard Howard Stamelman

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801424089

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 291

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In seeking to give voice to absent things or lost experiences, Richard Stamelman says, modern poetry attempts to give absence a shape. Loss, in his view, is both the cause and the subject of the modern poem. Fittingly, in Lost beyond Telling he formulates and develops what he calls a poetics of loss, with which he frames his treatment of modern French poetry.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Beyond Recognition

Beyond Recognition

Within Benjamin's oeuvre , The Origin of German Tragic Drama , composed in 1924–25 and published in 1928 , stands as a seminal work ; in it are assembled the themes that will preoccupy him throughout his career : progress as the eternal ...

Author: Craig Owens

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520077407

Category: Art

Page: 386

View: 192

On the arts and postmodernism
Categories: Art

Samuel Richardson and the theory of tragedy

Samuel Richardson and the theory of tragedy

(Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press, 1996), vol. I, p. 340; vol. IV, pp. 393, 387. 28 Benjamin, Selected Writings, vol. I, p. 340. 29 Walter Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, trans. John Osborne (London: Verso, 1998), p.

Author: James Smith

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781784997977

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 192

View: 953

Provides a bold new interpretation and guided tour of Samuel Richardson's masterpiece of tragedy in the novel, Clarissa
Categories: Literary Collections

Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe

Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe

52 Benjamin, On the Origin of German Tragic Drama, 78, 62; Tobias, 'Irreconcilable: Ethics and Aesthetics for Hermann Cohen and Walter Benjamin', MLN, vol. 127, no. 3 (April 2012): 667. 53 Benjamin, 'Goethe's Elective Affinities', ...

Author: Matthew Charles

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350013940

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Widely regarded as one of the foremost cultural critics of the last century, Walter Benjamin's relation to Modernism has largely been understood in the context of his reception of the aesthetic theories of Early German Romanticism and his associated interest in avant-garde Surrealism. But this Romantic understanding only gives half the picture. Running through Benjamin's thought is also a critique of Romanticism, developed in conjunction with a positive engagement with the philosophical, artistic and historical writings of J. W. von Goethe. In demonstrating the significance of these Goethean elements, this book challenges the dominant understanding of Benjamin's philosophy as essentially Romantic and instead proposes that Goethe's Classicism, conceived as the counterpoint to Romanticism, permits a corrective to the latter's deficiencies. Benjamin's Modernist concept of criticism, it is argued, is constituted in the movement between these polarities of Romanticism and Classicism. Conversely, placing Goethe's Classicism in relation to Benjamin's practice of literary criticism reveals historical tensions with Romanticism that constitute the untimely – indeed, it will be argued, cinematic – Modernism of his work. Adopting a transcritical approach, this book alternates between Benjamin and Goethe in relation to the experiences of colour, language and technology, assembling a constellation of philosophical and artistic figures between them, including the writings of Kant, Nietzsche, Cohen, Deleuze, Koselleck, Klages, and the work of Grünewald, Marées, Klee, Turner, Hulme, Eisenstein, Tretyakov, and Murnau.
Categories: Philosophy

Playing with Memories

Playing with Memories

Walter Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, trans. John Osborne (London: Verso, 2003), 196. 8. Guy Maddin, interviewed in “Melodrama as a Way of Life.” 9. See Will Straw's essay “Reinhabiting Lost Languages: Guy Maddin's ...

Author: David Church

Publisher: Univ. of Manitoba Press

ISBN: 9780887553547

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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Playing with Memories is the first collection of scholarly essays on the work of internationally acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin. It offers extensive perspectives on his career to date, from the early experimentation of The Dead Father (1986) to the intensely intimate revelations of My Winnipeg (2007). Featuring new and updated essays from American, Canadian, and Australian scholars, collaborators, and critics, as well as an in-depth interview with Maddin, this collection explores the aesthetics and politics behind Maddin’s work, firmly situating his films within ongoing cultural debates about postmodernism, genre, and national identity.
Categories: Performing Arts

Rethinking Architectural Historiography

Rethinking Architectural Historiography

Lloyd Spenser, New German Critique, 34, Winter, 1985, 54; translation altered. 7 Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, 182. 8 Benjamin, 'Goethes Wahlverwandtschaften', 126. 9 Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, 182.

Author: Dana Arnold

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134236299

Category: Architecture

Page: 272

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Rather than subscribing to a single position, this collection informs the reader about the current state of the discipline looking at changes across the broad field of methodological, theoretical and geographical plurality. Divided into three sections, Rethinking Architectural Historiography begins by renegotiating foundational and contemporary boundaries of architectural history in relation to other fields, such as art history and archaeology. It then goes on to critically engage with past and present histories, disclosing assumptions, biases and absences in architectural historiography. It concludes by exploring the possibilities provided by new perspectives, reframing the discipline in the light of new parameters and problematics. This timely and illustrated title reflects upon the current changes in historiographical practice, exploring potential openings that may contribute further transformation of the disciplines and theories on architectural historiography and addresses the current question of the disciplinary particularity of architectural history.
Categories: Architecture

Modernist Mysteries Persephone

Modernist Mysteries  Persephone

Benjamin, Der Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels, 283; On the Origin of German Tragic Drama, 104–05. 126. György Lukács, Die Seele und die Formen: Essays [1911], quoted in Benjamin, Der Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels, 287; ...

Author: Tamara Levitz

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199875627

Category: Music

Page: 680

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Modernist Mysteries: Pers?phone is a landmark study that will move the field of musicology in important new directions. The book presents a microhistorical analysis of the premiere of the melodrama Pers?phone at the Paris Opera on April 30th, 1934, engaging with the collaborative, transnational nature of the production. Author Tamara Levitz demonstrates how these collaborators-- Igor Stravinsky, Andr? Gide, Jacques Copeau, and Ida Rubinstein, among others-used the myth of Persephone to perform and articulate their most deeply held beliefs about four topics significant to modernism: religion, sexuality, death, and historical memory in art. In investigating the aesthetic and political consequences of the artists' diverging perspectives, and the fall-out of their titanic clash on the theater stage, Levitz dismantles myths about neoclassicism as a musical style. The result is a revisionary account of modernism in music in the 1930s. As a result of its focus on the collaborative performance, this book differs from traditional accounts of musical modernism and neoclassicism in several ways. First and foremost, it centers on the performance of modernism, highlighting the theatrical, performative, and sensual. Levitz places Christianity in the center of the discussion, and questions the national distinctions common in modernist research by involving a transnational team of collaborators. She further breaks new ground in shifting the focus from "history" to "memory" by emphasizing the commemorative nature of neoclassic listening rituals over the historicist stylization of its scores, and contends that modernists captured on stage and in philosophical argument their simultaneous need and inability to mourn the past. The book as a whole counters the common criticism that neoclassicism was a "reactionary" musical style by suggesting a more pluralistic, ambivalent, and sometimes even progressive politics, and reconnects musical neoclassicism with a queer classicist tradition extending from Winckelmann through Walter Pater to Gide. Modernist Mysteries concludes that 1930s modernists understood neoclassicism not as formalist compositional approaches but rather as a vitalist art haunted by ghosts of the past and promissory visions of the future.
Categories: Music

Adorno and the Need in Thinking

Adorno and the Need in Thinking

MIT Press, 1991]) that Adorno's Negative Dialectics is premised on Benjamin's earlier work in The Origin of German Tragic Drama. For my purposes here, however, I am less interested in determining the origin of these ideas and more ...

Author: Donald A. Burke

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802092144

Category: Philosophy

Page: 365

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Few intellectual figures of the twentieth century dealt with such a vast scope of subjects as Theodor Adorno (1903-1969). His insights, therefore, lend themselves to critical overview as many have cross-disciplinary relevance, appealing to scholars from a variety of backgrounds. Adorno and the Need in Thinking examines questions dealt with in the works of Adorno, offering a glimpse at the development of his complex thought. This collection of essays, though dealing with different topics from section to section, is unified by the idea that, at least in the English-speaking world, there are numerous facets of Adorno's work that have been hitherto neglected in terms of critical scholarship. Adorno and the Need in Thinking addresses these forgotten nuances, whether they apply to questions of politics, language, metaphysics, aesthetics, ecology, or several of these at once. Also included for the first time in English is Adorno's important early essay, "Theses on the Language of the Philosopher." At a time when Adorno scholarship is on the rise, this collection sheds light on new areas of critical research, adding another dimension to the existing literature on this most important intellectual.
Categories: Philosophy

Baroque Reason

Baroque Reason

The Origin of German Tragic Drama , p . 28. [ Translation modified . ] 13. Ibid . , p . 31. On the status of such critique , see Jürgen Habermas , ' Walter Benjamin : Consciousness - Raising or Rescuing Critique ' , in Smith , ed .

Author: Prof Christine Buci-Glucksmann

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446223329

Category:

Page: 192

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In this fascinating book, Christine Buci-Glucksmann explores the condition of modernity - alienation, melancholy, nostalgia - through the works of a number of writers and philosophers, including the social and aesthetic philosophy of Walter Benjamin. The author examines Baudelaire's haunting image of the city and its profound effect on conceptions of modernity. She goes on to consider how such influential figures as Nietzsche, Adorno, Musil, Barthes and Lacan constitute a baroque paradigm, united by their allegorical style, their conflation of aesthetics with ethics and their subject matter - death, catastrophe, sexuality, myth, the female. In her exegesis of these fundamental themes Buci-Glucksmann proposes an epistemology beyond postmodernism. This extraordinary exposition of a baroque reason for modernity sheds new light on a number of themes central to modern social theory.
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Philosophical Interventions in the Unfinished Project of Enlightenment

Philosophical Interventions in the Unfinished Project of Enlightenment

Walter Benjamin , The Origin of German Tragic Drama , trans . John Osborne ( London , 1977 ) , p . 181. [ At a number of points in the subsequent citations of this text I have altered the translation to fit the present context .

Author: Axel Honneth

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262581094

Category: Philosophy

Page: 351

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These 11 essays by noted philosophers and social theorists take up the philosophical aspects of Jürgen Habermas's unfinished project of reconstructing enlightenment rationality. They range in subject matter from classical problems to contemporary debates, covering historical perspectives, theoretical issues, and post-enlightenment challenges. A companion volume of essays will take up the cultural and political aspects of the work. Together, the two volumes underscore the richness and variety of Habermas's project. Contributors Karl-Otto Apel, Richard J. Bernstein, Peter Bürger, Martin Jay, Thomas McCarthy, Herbert Schnädelbach, Charles Taylor, Michael Theunissen, Ernst Tugendhat, Albrecht Wellmer
Categories: Philosophy