Leaving behind the philosophers’ enthusiasm of the nineteenth century, ‘tragedy’ and ‘the tragic’ now seem little more than vague containers. However, it appears that we still discover a tragic essence in our personal lives. Time and again tragedy is being registered, written down and staged.
This book wants to open a contemporary philosophical perspective on the tragic. What is the locus of tragedy? Does it relate to metaphysics, the gods, destiny, and chance? Or is it a matter of ethics, of the Law and its transgression? Does man himself occupy the locus of tragedy, because of his unreasonable and boundless desires, as many philosophers have suggested? Is man today still able to account for his tragic condition? Or do we locate the tragic first and foremost in the esthetic imagination? Is not the theatrical genre of tragedy the locus authenticus of all things tragic? Is there more to the tragic than drama and play?
Corpus Toneelkritiek Interbellum aims to collect a large corpus of documents from Flemish inter-war theatre (500+ documents; 1,000,000+ words). It consists of reviews and other short texts on theatre (such as essays and lectures), coming from diverse sources (newspapers, specialized theatre journals, and book collections of reviews).
Some well-known critics of the Flemish interbellum period will be strongly represented in the corpus, such as Willem Putman, Lode Monteyne, and Victor J. Brunclair.
The source publications of the corpus include periodicals such as Hooger Leven, Het Vlaamsche Land, Averbode’s Weekblad, Ons Volk Ontwaakt, De Ploeg, Tooneelgids (1921-1940), Tooneelleven (1934-1944), Pogen, Het Tooneel (1915-1940), Pelgrim, Het Vlaamsche Land, Jong Dietschland (1927-1933), and Ruimte.