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Genealogy of the TragicGreek Tragedy and German Philosophy$
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Joshua Billings

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159232

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159232.001.0001

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Hölderlin’s Sophocles: Tragedy and Paradox

Hölderlin’s Sophocles: Tragedy and Paradox

(p.189) Chapter 7 Hölderlin’s Sophocles: Tragedy and Paradox
Genealogy of the Tragic

Joshua Billings

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines Friedrich Hölderlin's Sophocles “Notes.” Hölderlin's “Notes” to Oedipus the Tyrant and Antigone pursue two primary aims: on the one hand, they delineate the differences between ancient and modern poetry; on the other, they seek to define “the tragic” as it is manifested in Sophocles' works. The first task, in essence, goes back to the Querelle and its “revival” in the 1790s, while the second is uniquely idealist, though powerfully mediated by Aristotle's Poetics. Religious and historical conceptions form the link between the two aims. Both aims invoke the dynamic interchange of ancient and modern suggested in Hölderlin's letters and his concept of translation. The addition of notes to the Sophocles translation allows Hölderlin to make these dynamics explicit, and to advocate for a new approach to ancient poetry among his contemporaries.

Keywords:   Friedrich Hölderlin, Sophocles, Oedipus the Tyrant, Antigone, ancient poetry, modern poetry

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