The Origin of German Tragic Drama (Radical Thinkers)

By Walter Benjamin

Pointed out via Lukács as a vital resource of literary modernism, Walter Benjamin’s learn of the baroque stage-form referred to as Trauerspiel (literally, “mourning play”) is the main entire rfile of his prismatic literary and philosophical perform. enticing with 16th- and seventeenth-century German playwrights in addition to the performs of Shakespeare and Calderón and the engravings of Dürer, Benjamin makes an attempt to teach how the traditionally charged varieties of the Trauerspiel broke freed from tragedy’s mythological timelessness. From its philosophical prologue, which deals a unprecedented account of Benjamin’s early aesthetics, to its mind-wrenching meditation on allegory, The beginning of German Tragic Drama glints with early insights and the seeds of Benjamin’s later idea.

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