Nietzsche & the Rebirth of the Tragic

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Nietzsche and the Rebirth of the Tragic addresses the question of the legacies of Nietzsche's theories of tragedy as literary genre and of the tragic as ontological concept, both from The Birth of Tragedy and from Nietzsche's later works. Taking seriously the call for the rebirth of tragedy on the stage, as well as a rebirth of the tragic spirit in culture generally, dramatists, poets, novelists, philosophers, filmmakers, and theorists - not always acknowledging a debt to Nietzsche - incorporated the Dionysian and the Apollonian, as well as other aspects of Nietzsche's thinking on tragedy, into their own works. This volume gives a sampling of the multifaceted and widespread impact of this aspect of Nietzsche's thought in Europe and the United States.

In her introduction, Professor Witt reads The Birth of Tragedy as the young Nietzsche's draft of an anti-Aristotelian poetic tragedy, discusses the development of Nietzsche's thought on the tragic, and traces the early reception of that thought. The first three essays elucidate readings and incorporations of the Nietzschean tragic in the novel, the drama, and poetry, in Sweden, Italy, and Ireland. The two essays following are concerned with Eastern Europe: philosophy as tragedy in Russia and a dialogue with The Birth of Tragedy in a Czech novel set during the Holocaust. The final three essays examine Artaud's relationship to Nietzsche through 'tragic politics', Thornton Wilder's 'Nietzschean Neuro-theater', and a film by Godard read through Deleuze's application of the Apollonian and Dionysian to cinema.

Although the introduction and eight essays offer but a sampling of the vast legacy of Nietzsche's insights on tragedy, they illustrate how the philosopher-poet, in ways in which he could not have anticipated, gave birth to centaurs.

Mary Ann Frese Witt is Professor Emerita in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University.
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SKU 9780838641606
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Brand AUP
Artist / Author Mary Ann Frese WITT (editor)

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