Political reflections on Schiller’s The Robbers

I have posted a new section of my work-in-progress, The Tragedy of Revolution:Revolution as Hubris in Modern Tragedy, on the work’s own website. 

The site is centered on a book-length scholarly project and reflects my study of political hubris in modern tragedy, specifically, the self-destruction of revolution from Romantic to Postmodern and Postcolonial theater.  I argue that modern tragedy has as one of its central topics the ethico-political dilemmas of rebellion, namely, revolutionary beginning caught between limitless self-authorization and self-limiting rule. 

So far, I have posted on the site my discussions of Goethe’s Egmont, Pirandello’s Enrico IV, Brecht’s The Measures Taken, O’Neill’s The Great God Brown, Kazantzakis’ Capodistria, Günter Grass’ The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, Heiner Müller’s Mauser & The Mission, and Toni Negri’s Swarm.

The new section discusses Schiller’s The Robbers, a foundational tragedy for my project.

27 May 2021

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