The Origin of German Tragic Drama (Radical Thinkers)

By Walter Benjamin

Stated by way of Lukács as a imperative resource of literary modernism, Walter Benjamin’s learn of the baroque stage-form known as Trauerspiel (literally, “mourning play”) is the main entire record 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 sorts of the Trauerspiel broke freed from tragedy’s mythological timelessness. From its philosophical prologue, which deals an extraordinary account of Benjamin’s early aesthetics, to its mind-wrenching meditation on allegory, The foundation of German Tragic Drama flickers with early insights and the seeds of Benjamin’s later inspiration.

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