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The Origin of German Tragic Drama

Radical Thinkers Series 4

By (author) Walter Benjamin
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Verso Books, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st May 2009
Dimensions: w 196mm h 127mm d 25mm
Weight: 284g
ISBN-10: 1844673480
ISBN-13: 9781844673483
Barcode No: 9781844673483
Synopsis
Cited by Luk cs 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 Calder n and the engravings of D rer, 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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"Walter Benjamin is the most important German aesthetician and literary critic of this century." George Steiner"