An Essay on the Tragic

An Essay on the Tragic

by Peter Szondi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804743959

ISBN-13: 9780804743952

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Peter Szondis pathbreaking work is a succinct and elegant argument for distinguishing between a philosophy of the tragic and the poetics of tragedy espoused by Aristotle. The first of the books two parts consists of a series of commentaries on philosophical and aesthetic texts from twelve thinkers and poets between 1795 and 1915: Schelling, Hölderlin,

Overview

Peter Szondis pathbreaking work is a succinct and elegant argument for distinguishing between a philosophy of the tragic and the poetics of tragedy espoused by Aristotle. The first of the books two parts consists of a series of commentaries on philosophical and aesthetic texts from twelve thinkers and poets between 1795 and 1915: Schelling, Hölderlin, Hegel, Solger, Goethe, Schopenhauer, Vischer, Kierkegaard, Hebbel, Nietzsche, Simmel, and Scheler. The various definitions of tragedy are read not so much in terms of their specific philosophies, but rather in the way their views assist in analyzing tragedies with an aim to establish a general concept of the tragic.

The second part presents exemplary analyses of eight tragedies: Sophocles'Oedipus Rex, Calderons Life Is a Dream, Shakespeares Othello, Gryphius Leo Armenius, Racines Phaedra, Schillers Demetrius, Kleist's The Schroffenstein Family and Büchner's Danton's Death. The readings neither presuppose a concept of the tragic determined by context (as in Hegel's idea of the conflict between two orders of right), nor do they focus exclusively on the texts explicit contents. Instead, they elaborate the dialectical or aporetic structures at the heart of the tragic. The works analyzed represent the four great epochs of tragic poetry: the age of Greek tragedy; the Baroque era in Spain, England, and Germany; French Classicism; and the age of Goethe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804743952
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Part I.The Philosophy of the Tragic
1Schelling7
2Holderlin11
3Hegel15
4Solger23
5Goethe25
6Schopenhauer28
7Friedrich Theodor Vischer31
8Kierkegaard34
9Hebbel37
10Nietzsche41
11Simmel44
12Scheler47
Transition49
Part II.Analyses of the Tragic
13Oedipus Rex59
14Life Is a Dream64
15Othello70
16Leo Armenius74
17Phaedra78
18Demetrius82
19The Schroffenstein Family90
20Danton's Death95
Notes101

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