Joshua Billings, Miriam Leonard

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


Philosophical thought in the German tradition has persistently linked Greek tragedy to the articulation of its own identity, and especially to its sense of what it means to exist in the modern age. The Introduction considers this interplay from the standpoint of classical scholarship, and suggests that a renewed engagement with philosophical thought on tragedy could be especially important as a means of mediating between the transhistorical focus of reception studies and the historicizing tendencies of traditional scholarship. Looking beyond the figures who have most dominated discussions of the tragic, Hegel and Nietzsche, the volume concentrates on three areas in particular: the persistence of questions associated with poetics, the cultural politics of tragedy, and the impact of canons on thinking about tragedy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTragedy and the Idea of Modernity
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191800672
ISBN (Print)9780198727798
StatePublished - May 21 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Classical reception
  • Classical scholarship
  • German Idealism
  • Greek tragedy
  • Modernity
  • Nietzsche


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