ISBN : 9780198727798
From around 1800, particularly in Germany, Greek tragedy has been privileged in popular and scholarly discourse for its relation to apparently timeless metaphysical, existential, ethical, aesthetic, and psychological questions. As a major concern of modern philosophy, it has fascinated thinkers including Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, and Heidegger. Such theories have arguably had a more profound influence on modern understanding of the genre than works of classical scholarship or theatrical performances. Tragedy and the Idea of Modernity considers this tradition of philosophy in relation to the ancient Greek works themselves, and mediates between the concerns of classicists and those of intellectual historians and philosophers. The volume is organized into sections treating issues of poetics, politics and culture, and canonicity, and contributions by an interdisciplinary range of scholars consider themes of catharsis, the sublime, politics, and reconciliation, spanning 2,500 years of literature and philosophy. Although firmly anchored in the classical tradition, the volume suggests that the tradition of philosophical thought concerning tragedy has a major place in understandings both of ancient tragedy and of modernity itself.
List of Contributors
PART 1: TRAGIC POETICS
1. Jacob Bernays and the Catharsis of Modernity
2. The Aesthetics of Tragedy: Romantic Perspectives
3. Paradoxon: On the Sublimity of Tragedy in Holderlin and Some Contemporaries
4. Tragedy and Trauerspiel: Too Alike?
5. Leben und Gluck: Modernity and Tragedy in Walter Benjamin, Holderlin, and Sophocles
PART 2: TRAGIC CULTURES
6. Tragedy With and Without Religion: Hegelian Thoughts
7. The (Operatic) Culture: Notes on a Theme in Kierkegaard, Hebbel, and Wagner
8. Heidigger's Antigone: Ethics and Politics
9. Carl Schmitt: Tragedy and the Intrusion of History
10. The Tragic Voice of Pascal Quignard
PART 3: TRAGIC CANONS
11. The Ends of Tragedy: Schelling, Hegel, and Oedipus
12. The Tragedy of Misrecognition: The Desire for a Catholic Shakespeare and Hegel's Hamlet
13. Margins of Genre: Walter Benjamin and the Idea of Tragedy
14. Williams on Nietzsche on the Greeks
Tragedy and Modernity: Closing Thoughts
Appendix: Translation of Part II of Jakob Bernays 'Cartharsis'