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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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Births of the Tragic

Births of the Tragic

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Genealogy of the Tragic

Joshua Billings

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter argues that although the close connections that gave life to tragedy were severed as the major thinkers drifted apart and turned to other concerns by 1807, in an important sense, the history of the tragic had not yet begun. Friedrich Hölderlin's largely unread and totally uncomprehended “Notes” to Sophocles was the only substantial publication directly concerned with the tragic to emerge during this period, and Friedrich Schiller remained by far the most prominent theorist of tragedy. At the same time, translation of Greek works accelerated and improved, while productions of Schiller's The Bride of Messina (1803) across Germany as well as of romantic “tragedies of fate” contributed to a broad interest in high tragedy.

Keywords:   tragedy, tragic, Friedrich Hölderlin, Friedrich Schiller, Greek tragedy, The Bride of Messina, romantic tragedies, high tragedy

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