Thinking Through Tragedy and Comedy: Some Provocations on Genre Matters


  • Ramona Mosse Freie Universität Berlin
  • Anna Street University of Paris-Sorbonne



genre, tragedy, comedy


Following the inaugural symposium entitled Thinking Through Tragedy and Comedy - Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre hosted by the Performance Philosophy Working Group “Genres of Dramatic Thought” which took place at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry ICI Berlin in December 2014, this contribution is a series of attempts to both recapture the debates of the symposium and stake out the field of inquiry for our Working Group’s engagement within Performance Philosophy. By tracing philosophy’s dramatic heritage within the history of genre theory and pointing to its current and future developments, this piece suggests how attention to genre can work to deepen and expand the emerging landscape of Performance Philosophy.

Author Biographies

Ramona Mosse, Freie Universität Berlin

Ramona Mosse is a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the Free University Berlin. She has published book and journal articles on topics such as metatheatre, hip hop performance, and contemporary drama and is currently working on her book Tragedy and Utopia in Cold War Culture. Ramona holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Anna Street, University of Paris-Sorbonne

Anna Street is a double-doctoral candidate at the University of Paris - Sorbonne (English Studies - Theater) and at the University of Kent (Comparative Literature) and holds a Masters in Philosophy from the Sorbonne. Her thesis traces a parallel between the development of theories of comedy and philosophy’s increasing reliance upon dramatic techniques. 


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How to Cite

Mosse, R., & Street, A. (2016). Thinking Through Tragedy and Comedy: Some Provocations on Genre Matters. Performance Philosophy, 2(1), 130–140.