Holderlin's Dionysiac Poetry: The Terrifying-exciting Mysteries by Lucas MurreyHolderlin's Dionysiac Poetry: The Terrifying-exciting Mysteries by Lucas Murrey

Holderlin's Dionysiac Poetry: The Terrifying-exciting Mysteries

byLucas Murrey

Paperback | September 10, 2016

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This book casts new light on the work of the German poet Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843), and his translations of Greek tragedy. It shows Hölderlin's poetry is unique within Western literature (and art) as it retrieves the socio-politics of a Dionysiac space-time and language to challenge the estrangement of humans from nature and one other.

In this book, author Lucas Murrey presents a new picture of ancient Greece, noting that money emerged and rapidly developed there in the sixth century B.C. This act of monetization brought with it a concept of tragedy: money-tyrants struggling against the forces of earth and community who succumb to individual isolation, blindness and death. As Murrey points out, Hölderlin (unconsciously) retrieves the battle between money, nature and community and creatively applies its lessons to our time.

But Hölderlin's poetry not only adapts tragedy to question the unlimited "machine process" of "a clever race" of money-tyrants. It also draws attention to Greece's warnings about the mortal danger of the eyes in myth, cult and theatre. This monograph thus introduces an urgently needed vision not only of Hölderlin hymns, but also the relevance of disciplines as diverse as Literary Studies, Philosophy, Psychology (Psychoanalysis) as well as Religious and Visual (Media) Studies to our present predicament, where a dangerous visual culture, through its support of the unlimitedness of money, is harming our relation to nature and one another.

"Here triumphs a temperament guided by ancient religion and that excavates, in Hölderlin's translations, the central god Dionysus of Greek tragedy."

-Bernhard Böschenstein, author of"Frucht des Gewitters". Zu Hölderlins

Dionysos als Gott der RevolutionandPaul Celan: Der Meridian.


"Lucas Murrey shares with his subject, Hölderlin, a vision of the Greeks as bringing something vitally important into our poor world, a vision of which few classical scholars are now capable."

-Richard Seaford, author ofMoney and the Early Greek Mind. Homer,

Tragedy, PhilosophyandDionysus.

"Hölderlin deserved such a book."

-Jean-François Kervégan, author ofQue faire de Carl Schmitt?

"...fascinating material..."

-Noam Chomsky, author ofMedia Control: The Spectacular Achievements

of PropagandaandNuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe.

Lucas Murrey (Ph.D. Yale University) has taught at UCLA (Los Angeles) and Yale University (New Haven) and is presently finishing two works Friedrich Nietzsche: The Meaning of Earth and Fin-de-Siècle Germany and the Trauma of the Great War. The abiding interest in the power of images and language not only to estrange, but also to return...
Title:Holderlin's Dionysiac Poetry: The Terrifying-exciting MysteriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:247 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.17 inPublished:September 10, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319364537

ISBN - 13:9783319364537

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction.- PART I: Dionysiac and Visualised Chronotopes.- Chapter 2: The Dionysiac Chronotope.- Chapter 3: The Visualised Chronotope.- Chapter 4: Dionysiac Language.- PART II: The Time After.- Chapter 5: Visual and Linguistic Nihilism.- Chapter 6: "Wakers-of-the-Dead".- Part III: Hölderlin's Retrieval of Dionysiac and Visualised Chronotopes.- Chapter 7: The Dionysiac Chronotope (Pre-1799-1799).- Chapter 8: The Dionysiac Chronotope (1799-1802).- Chapter 9: The Dionysiac Chronotope (1802-1804 and after).- Chapter 10: Dionysiac Language (Pre-1799-1802).- Chapter 11: Dionysiac Language (1802-1804 and after).- PART IV: Conclusion.- Chapter 12: Nationalism.- Chapter 13: Christianity.- Chapter 14: Hölderlinian Hyperabstractions.- CODA: "Holy Madness"?.- Index.- Bibliography.