<i>Trauerspiel</i>, Tragedy and Epic

Olga Taxidou

in Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780748619870
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651719 | DOI:
Trauerspiel, Tragedy and Epic

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This chapter discusses Walter Benjamin's Trauerspiel, which has inspired several recent commentaries and interpretations. It notes that Trauerspiel is regarded as within the framework of theories of modernity, especially those on the relationships between politics and aesthetics. The analysis views Trauerspiel as a ‘modern theory of tragedy’, and also considers the possibility of approaching it as a way of resolving the modern and the tragic. The chapter also looks at a reading of Trauerspiel as a way of connecting the slowly widening gap between the ancients and the moderns.

Keywords: Walter Benjamin; Trauerspiel; theories of modernity; tragedy; ancients; moderns

Chapter.  15250 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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