In Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, “The key issue of the entire section on the spiritual work of art is representation. It is precisely the (gradual) abolition of representation that puts the three genres of epic, tragedy, and comedy in a succession that is not simply historical, but also dialectical.”
(Alenka Zupancic, The Odd One In, 2008)
is this a depression? is this a decline?
is this a revolution? is this a coup?
how does it make sense?
this is tragedy:
EPIC <– TRAGEDY –> COMEDY
– retreating makes us into epic collectors of “coup”ons
– traversing makes us into comical dispensers of (non)sense
– mixture of the two makes us into a mixture of the two