Peter Szondi: On the Social Psychology of Diderot’s Bourgeois Tragedy

14 October 2019

Conversely, as long as the bourgeoisie does not revolt against absolutism and make a bid for power, it will live solely for its emotions, bewailing in the theater its own misery, which is inflicted upon it, as Diderot observed, as much by men as the misery of the heroes of Attic tragedy was inflicted upon them by fate.

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