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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 127mm h 193mm d 23mm
Weight: 284g
ISBN-10: 1844673480
ISBN-13: 9781844673483
Barcode No: 9781844673483
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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"Walter Benjamin is the most important German aesthetician and literary critic of this century." George Steiner"