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By Joshua Billings

Why did Greek tragedy and "the tragic" turn out to be visible as necessary to conceptions of modernity? and the way has this trust affected smooth understandings of Greek drama? In Genealogy of the Tragic, Joshua Billings solutions those and similar questions through tracing the emergence of the trendy idea of the tragic, which used to be first constructed round 1800 via thinkers linked to German Idealism. The ebook argues that the assumption of the tragic arose based on a brand new realization of historical past within the overdue eighteenth century, which spurred theorists to work out Greek tragedy as either a distinct, traditionally distant shape and a undying literary style choked with that means for the current. The ebook bargains a brand new interpretation of the theories of Schiller, Schelling, Hegel, Hölderlin, and others, as mediations among those historicizing and universalizing impulses, and indicates the roots in their methods in past discussions of Greek tragedy in Germany, France, and England. through analyzing eighteenth-century readings of tragedy and the interactions among idealist thinkers intimately, Genealogy of the Tragic deals the main accomplished old account of the tragic thus far, in addition to the fullest clarification of why and the way the belief used to be used to make experience of modernity. The e-book argues that idealist theories stay basic to modern interpretations of Greek tragedy, and demands a renewed engagement with philosophical questions in feedback of tragedy.

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