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Tragedy and the Idea of Modernity


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Acknowledgements List of Contributors Joshua Billings and Miriam Leonard: Introduction Part 1: Tragic Poetics 1: James I. Porter: Jacob Bernays and the Catharsis of Modernity 2: Christoph Menke: The Aesthetics of Tragedy: Romantic Perspectives 3: Ian Balfour: Paradoxon: On the Sublimity of Tragedy in Hoelderlin and Some Contemporaries 4: Samuel Weber: Tragedy and Trauerspiel: Too Alike? 5: Andrew Benjamin: Leben und Gluck: Modernity and Tragedy in Walter Benjamin, Hoelderlin, and Sophocles Part 2: Tragic Cultures 6: Terry Pinkard: Tragedy With and Without Religion: Hegelian Thoughts 7: Rudiger Goerner: The (Operatic) Culture: Notes on a Theme in Kierkegaard, Hebbel, and Wagner 8: Katie Fleming: Heidigger's Antigone: Ethics and Politics 9: Miriam Leonard: Carl Schmitt: Tragedy and the Intrusion of History 10: John Hamilton: The Tragic Voice of Pascal Quignard Part 3: Tragic Canons 11: Simon Goldhill: The Ends of Tragedy: Schelling, Hegel, and Oedipus 12: Simon Critchley: The Tragedy of Misrecognition: The Desire for a Catholic Shakespeare and Hegel's Hamlet 13: Joshua Billings: Margins of Genre: Walter Benjamin and the Idea of Tragedy 14: Robert B. Pippin: Williams on Nietzsche on the Greeks Michael Silk: Tragedy and Modernity: Closing Thoughts James I. Porter: Appendix: Translation of Part II of Jakob Bernays 'Cartharsis' Index

About the Author

Joshua Billings is Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities at Yale University. Miriam Leonard is Professor of Greek Literature and its Reception at University College London.


Leonard is excellent at highlighting the importance of a philosophical reading of tragedy in modernity. -Daisy Dunn, The Times Literary Supplement

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