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Modernity In Hölderlin’S Remarks On Oedipus And Antigone

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It is remarkable that many authors treat the question of the relationship between tragedy and modernity: what tragedy is, on the one hand, and what modernity is, on the other. This chapter shows that in Hölderlin we certainly find a modern reading of Greek tragedy, related to a specific view on modernity, and that this view is at odds with Schelling?s and Heidegger?s call for a new mythology. Furthermore, it shows that Lacoue-Labarthe has a better understanding of Hölderlin?s poetics than Heidegger. In Hölderlin, the categorical reversal is also a reversal of time. Divine and human time split up. The result of this is, as Hölderlin says, ?that beginning and end simply can no longer rhyme with each other?. The fact that the end no longer rhymes with the beginning still concerns the content of the events that happen to Oedipus or Antigone.

Keywords: Antigone; Greek tragedy; Hölderlin; Heidegger; Lacoue-Labarthe; Modernity; Oedipus



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