Tragedy and the Idea of Modernity by Joshua BillingsTragedy and the Idea of Modernity by Joshua Billings

Tragedy and the Idea of Modernity

EditorJoshua Billings, Miriam Leonard

Hardcover | June 21, 2015

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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 fascinatedthinkers 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 thatthe tradition of philosophical thought concerning tragedy has a major place in understandings both of ancient tragedy and of modernity itself.
Joshua Billings is Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities at Yale University. Miriam Leonard is Professor of Greek Literature and its Reception at University College London.
Title:Tragedy and the Idea of ModernityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.1 inPublished:June 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198727798

ISBN - 13:9780198727798


Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsList of ContributorsJoshua Billings and Miriam Leonard: IntroductionPart 1: Tragic Poetics1. James I. Porter: Jacob Bernays and the Catharsis of Modernity2. Christoph Menke: The Aesthetics of Tragedy: Romantic Perspectives3. Ian Balfour: Paradoxon: On the Sublimity of Tragedy in Holderlin and Some Contemporaries4. Samuel Weber: Tragedy and Trauerspiel: Too Alike?5. Andrew Benjamin: Leben und Gluck: Modernity and Tragedy in Walter Benjamin, Holderlin, and SophoclesPart 2: Tragic Cultures6. Terry Pinkard: Tragedy With and Without Religion: Hegelian Thoughts7. Rudiger Gorner: The (Operatic) Culture: Notes on a Theme in Kierkegaard, Hebbel, and Wagner8. Katie Fleming: Heidigger's Antigone: Ethics and Politics9. Miriam Leonard: Carl Schmitt: Tragedy and the Intrusion of History10. John Hamilton: The Tragic Voice of Pascal QuignardPart 3: Tragic Canons11. Simon Goldhill: The Ends of Tragedy: Schelling, Hegel, and Oedipus12. Simon Critchley: The Tragedy of Misrecognition: The Desire for a Catholic Shakespeare and Hegel's Hamlet13. Joshua Billings: Margins of Genre: Walter Benjamin and the Idea of Tragedy14. Robert B. Pippin: Williams on Nietzsche on the GreeksMichael Silk: Tragedy and Modernity: Closing ThoughtsJames I. Porter: Appendix: Translation of Part II of Jakob Bernays 'Cartharsis'Index