Tragedy and Trauerspiel: Hölderlin and Benjamin
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
New Academic Building, LG01
**Free and open to the public.
This talk begins an investigation of the relation of Benjamin’s notion of tragedy and trauerspiel to Hölderlin’s Remarks on Oedipus and Antigone, which in their own way reflect on the relation of classical tragedy to its modern counterparts.
Suggested preparatory readings for this lecture include Benjamin’s remarks on the relation of tragedy to Trauerspiel in The Origin of the German Mourning-Play, as well as Hölderlin’s Remarks on Oedipus and Antigone.
SAMUEL WEBER is Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University and co-director of its Paris Program in Critical Theory. After studying with Paul de Man and Theodor Adorno, he co-translated and wrote a critical introduction to Prisms, Adorno’s most important book of cultural criticism, which helped define the way in which the work of the Frankfurt School would be read and understood in the English-speaking world. Professor Weber has published seminal books on Balzac, Lacan, and Freud, on the relation of institutions to interpretation, and on media philosophy. His most recent book is Benjamin’s -abilities (Harvard UP), which is being translated into Chinese for publication by Beijing UP.
This event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Cultural Studies, the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Department of Art, and the Graduate School.
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