Dark Mirror: The Sense of Injustice in Modern European and American Literature

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Dark Mirror is the first study of European and American literature that comprehensively treats the historical conflict between idealistic (natural law) and 'realistic' or cynical approaches to the idea of justice. Works of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Mauriac, Martin du Gard, Dreiser, Brecht, Koestler, Melville, Kafka, Camus, Cozzens, Snow, and others are examined.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823215096
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition description: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard C. Sterne is Professor of English at Simmons College, Boston.

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Table of Contents

1 Idealistic vs. Realistic Conceptions of Justice from Homer to George Eliot 1
2 The Sense of Injustice in Modern Religious Fiction 67
Tolstoy, "God Sees the Truth, But Waits": Resurrection
Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Mauriac, Therese Desqueyroux
3 The Sense of Injustice in Modern Social Fiction 108
Martin du Gard, Jean Barois
Dreiser, An American Tragedy
Brecht, The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Koestler, Darkness at Noon
4 The Sense of Injustice in Modern Absurdist Fiction 168
Melville, Billy Budd
Kafka, The Trial
Camus, The Outsider
Kundera, The Joke
5 A "Dissenting" Perspective 218
Cozzens, The Just and the Unjust
Snow, The Sleep of Reason
Conclusion: Toward a Renewal of the Dialogue 243
Betti, The Landslide
Wright, Native Son
Glaspell, "A Jury of Her Peers"
Porter, "Noon Wine"
Anouilh, Antigone
Muschg, "Reparations or Making Good"
Forster, A Passage to India
Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
List of Works Cited 263
Index 273
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