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Benjamin's Library: Modernity, Nation, and the Baroque

Jane O. Newman


This book offers a reading of Walter Benjamin's notoriously opaque work, Origin of the German Tragic Drama that systematically attends to its place in discussions of the Baroque in Benjamin's day. The book recovers Benjamin's relationship to the ideologically loaded readings of the literature and political theory of the seventeenth-century Baroque that abounded in Germany during the political and economic crises of the Weimar years. To date, the significance of the Baroque for Origin of the German Tragic Drama has been glossed over by students of Benjamin, most of whom have neither read it in ... More

Keywords: Walter Benjamin, German tragic drama, Baroque, Germany, Weimar years, political theory, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801476594
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801476594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane O. Newman, author
Professor of Comparative Literature, the University of California, Irvine

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