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Genealogy of the Tragic: Greek Tragedy and German Philosophy

Joshua Billings


Why did Greek tragedy and “the tragic” come to be seen as essential to conceptions of modernity? And how has this belief affected modern understandings of Greek drama? This book answers these and related questions by tracing the emergence of the modern theory of the tragic, which was first developed around 1800 by thinkers associated with German Idealism. The book argues that the idea of the tragic arose in response to a new consciousness of history in the late eighteenth century, which spurred theorists to see Greek tragedy as both a unique, historically remote form and a timeless literary ge ... More

Keywords: Greek tragedy, modernity, Greek drama, idealist thinkers, Schiller, Schelling, Hegel, Hölderlin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691159232
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159232.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Billings, author
Yale University