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Untimely aesthetics Subtitle: A critical comparison of Schiller's Ästhetische Briefe, and Nietzsche's Die Geburt der Tragödie

Abstract: The thesis is two-fold. First, that Nietzsche's early writings owe more to Schillerthan he subsequently wished to admit. This is demonstrated by evidence from Die Geburtder Tragödie and the Nachlass notes of the same period. Second, that there are tangibleparallels of content and intent between Schiller's Ästhetische Briefe and Nietzsche's Die Geburtder Tragödie.The thesis is not an 'influence study', although the issue is addressed. By examininghis hitherto neglected attitude to Schiller, this study sheds light on Nietzsche's tactics whendealing with men and their ideas in his writings. This, however, is not the main point of thethesis, which is to analyse the connections between the two texts. The essential point ofcomparison is that Die Geburt der Tragödie and the Ästhetische Briefe both set outaesthetic prescriptions for a diseased culture. Certain kinds of art are deemed capable, byvirtue of their timeless and incorruptible properties, of reforming the human psyche, and byextension of promoting cultural integrity and vitality.After analysing Nietzsche's attitude to Schiller, particularly in connection with theargument of Die Geburt der Tragödie, the thesis compares the strategies adopted in thetwo texts: both present triadic schemes of historical development, in which the Greekexperience is regarded as crucial; their aesthetic 'reform programmes' are predicated onpsycho-metaphysical pictures of human nature; and both texts reject attempts to curehuman ills by political means. The thesis is an attempt to articulate, compare, and criticisethe respective projects and to see in what sense(s) they were untimely. Both projects wereuntimely, in the sense that they were deliberately out of step with their times. In each case,the alleged remedial properties of art themselves are characterised as untimely. They areborrowed from another time, or are said to be out of time altogether. The thesis concludesthat the two texts, although outstanding contributions to aesthetic theory, wereinappropriate (untimely) attempts to tackle larger problems.

Type of Award:DPhil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:The digital copy of this thesis has been made available thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky

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Issue Date: 1993Identifiers

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Language: eng Subjects: 18th century 19th century Aesthetics, German Tiny URL: td:602354859


Autor: Martin, Nicholas. - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyFaculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Literature - - - - Biblio

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