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Tragedy’s Endurance: Performances of Greek Tragedies and Cultural Identity in Germany since 1800

Erika Fischer-Lichte


The book is devoted to the remarkable phenomenon of Greek tragedy’s endurance on German stages during the last 200 years. It examines how performances of Greek tragedies since 1800 contributed to the emergence, stabilization, and transformation of the German Bildungsbürgertum’s (educated middle class) cultural identity. Its focus lies on performances that either introduced a new theatre aesthetics or a new image of ancient Greece, or both. Key here are the truly transformative moments as well as the cultural dynamics involved. In this context, the overall political situation of the 200 years b ... More

Keywords: antiquity, Bildung/Bildungsbürgertum, cultural dynamics, cultural identity, images of ancient Greece, performances of Greek tragedies, Philhellenism, politics/political situation in Germany, theatre aesthetics, theatromania, tragedy’s endurance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199651634
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199651634.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erika Fischer-Lichte, author
Professor of Theatre Studies, Freie Universität Berlin