Talking Like a Book: Exception and the State of Nature in Benjamin and Molière

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TitleTalking Like a Book: Exception and the State of Nature in Benjamin and Molière Author(S)Christopher Braider (Author)
Abstract  Walter Benjamin confides to his friend Hugo von Hofmannsthal that “I sometimes think about writing a book on French tragedy as a counterpart to my Trauerspiel book,” noting that his “plan for the latter had originally been to elucidate both the German Trauerspiel and the French tragic drama in terms of their contrastive nature.” However, to do so “something must be added” that the book he wrote failed to supply. The aim of this essay is twofold: to reconstruct what Benjamin might have said about French classical tragedy and to identify the mysterious addition. ...Paginationp 382-406
SubjectLiteratureDescriptorsLiterature, Comparative
Journal TitleComparative Literature  
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