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'What festivals of atonement, what sacred games we have to invent' (Friedrich Nietzsche): Modernist tragedy after the Death of God

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Transformations of Tragedy
Subtitle of host publicationChristian Influences from Early Modern to Modern
EditorsFionnuala O'Neil Tonning, Erik Tonning, Jolyon Mitchell
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789004416543
ISBN (Print)9789004416536
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Religion and the Arts
ISSN (Print)1877-3192


This chapter looks at the ways the that fraught relationships between Christianity and Tragedy are re-worked within the experiments of modernist performance. Revising Nietzsche's binary of 'Dionysus versus the Crucified', the chapter examines the ways the savage God Dionysus fuses with the Crucified in sometimes holy, sometimes blasphemous renditions in the work of T. S Eliot, W. B. Yeats, Antonin Artaud and Bertolt Brecht.

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