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This letter contains Lessing's most explicit observations on the distinction between poetry and prose as well as a unique proposal for emending Aristotle's interpretation of the dramatic method. Although both arguments are formulated in terms of Abbé Dubos' theory of signs, Lessing significantly modifies Dubos' doctrine by ideas derived from Alexander Baumgarten, Moses Mendelssohn, and Edmund Burke. An analysis of these modifications provides the framework for a critique of Lessing's aesthetic philosophy as a whole.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Lessing’s Aesthetica in Nuce: An Analysis of the May 26, 1769, Letter to Nicolai
  2. p. i
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  1. Lessing’s Aesthetica in Nuce: An Analysis of the May 26, 1769, Letter to Nicolai
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgment
  2. p. ix
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  2. p. xi
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  1. I. Lessing’s Argument to Nicolai
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  1. II. The Aesthetic Theories of the Abbé Dubos
  2. pp. 10-17
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  1. III. Lessing’s Concept of Poetry
  2. pp. 20-27
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  1. IV. Aristotle and the Necessity for Theatrical Performance
  2. pp. 34-48
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  1. V. The Nature of Illusion
  2. pp. 51-61
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  1. VI. The Superiority of the Drama
  2. pp. 64-76
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  1. VII. Poetry as a Mimetic Art
  2. pp. 79-89
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 93-95
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  1. Appendix B: Aristotle’s Arguments on the Superiority of the Drama
  2. pp. 97-99
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  1. Appendix C: Mendelssohn’s “Von Der Illusion”
  2. pp. 100-102
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 103-126
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 131-144
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469658278
Related ISBN
9781469658261
MARC Record
OCLC
652410857
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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