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Benjamin's LibraryModernity, Nation, and the Baroque$
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Jane O. Newman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801476594

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801476594.001.0001

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Inventing the Baroque

Inventing the Baroque

A Critical History of Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Debates

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(p.23) 1 Inventing the Baroque
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Benjamin's Library
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Jane O. Newman

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801476594.003.0002

This chapter first considers the ways in which Benjamin read the Silesian plays precisely not as the “tragic dramas” of John Osborne's English-language translation, but rather as “mourning-play” texts that differed significantly from ancient tragedy in Benjamin's mind. It then examines the art historical debates pertaining to the Renaissance and the German Baroque and how they articulated a new periodicity of style that involved the collectivity of the nation in important ways. The chapter next turns to contemporary definitions of a specifically literary German Baroque by critics Fritz Strich and Arthur Hübscher. Their discussions mirrored the art historical conversations by striving to locate the essence of a German literary tradition in an autonomous national sensibility and canon of forms. Benjamin's Baroque dipped into and was part of these several discussions of the Baroque as a “heroic” national age.

Keywords:   tragic dramas, mourning-play texts, ancient tragedy, art historical debates, German Baroque, German literary tradition, Benjamin's Baroque

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