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Nietzsche’s Shakespeare | Early Modern and Open Access

By September 20, 2015 No Comments
This is part of a weekly series here at TSS: Early Modern and Open Access regularly showcases peer-reviewed articles (or other resources) of interest to early modernists that are freely available in open access formats.

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Katie Brennan, “Nietzsche’s Shakespeare: Musicality and Historicity in The Birth of Tragedy,” Memoria di Shakespeare (2015)


Nietzsche was deeply interested in Shakespeare during the period leading up to the publication of The Birth of Tragedy. His notebooks from this period clearly indicate that throughout the planning stages of The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche had intended to devote an entire chapter to Shakespeare, in which Shakespeare was to serve as a bridge between the spirit of the great ancient Greek playwrights and Wagner. In this paper I discuss why, despite the absence of a detailed account of Shakespeare in the final version of The Birth of Tragedy, he is nonetheless essential to Nietzsche’s theory of tragedy.


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Lindsay Ann Reid is a regular contributor to The Scrivener and Early Modern and Open Access. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is a Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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