Modern Literature and the Tragic

Modern Literature and the Tragic

by K. M. Newton

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Overview

This book explores modern literature's responses to the tragic. It examines writers from the latter half of the nineteenth century through to the later twentieth century who respond to ideas about tragedy. Although Ibsen has been accused of being responsible for the 'death of tragedy', Ken Newton argues that Ibsen instead generates an anti-tragic perspective that had a major influence on dramatists such as Shaw and Brecht. By contrast, writers such as Hardy and Conrad, influenced by Schopenhauerean pessimism and Darwinism, attempt to modernise the concept of the tragic. Nietzsche's revisionist interpretation of the tragic influenced writers who either take pessimism or the 'Dionysian' commitment to life to an extreme, as in Strindberg and D. H. Lawrence. Different views emerge in the period following the second world war with the 'Theatre of the Absurd' and postmodern anti-foundationalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748636730
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 06/20/2008
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author



K. M. Newton is Professor of English at the University of Dundee

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