Self in Modern Lit. (Hardback)
  • Self in Modern Lit. (Hardback)
zoom

Self in Modern Lit. (Hardback)

(author)
£22.95
Hardback 218 Pages / Published: 01/10/1990
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
A survey of the development of the theme of the lost and alienated self in modern literature that ranges from Kierkegaard through the nihilistic writing of Ibsen, Strindberg, Pirandello, Gide, and Malraux to the Existentialist hero and the "positive heros" of recent Russian fiction. Included are intensive analyses of Brand, Peer Gynt, The Road to Damascus, the Immoralist, The Alexandria Quartet, Doctor Zhivago, and the principle works of lonesco and Beckett. "Plagued by the widening split in human consciousness, the modern writer is faced with the baffling problem of picturing a self that seems to have lost its reality. Dwelling in a universe that he looks upon as alien and hostile, man today retreats within the fastness of the self, only to discover that he does not know himself." From the beginning, the author carefully and imaginatively traces the development of the theme of the lost and alienated self in modern literature. He demonstrates throughout an ability to present the essences of difficult writers clearly, without oversimplifying.From an opening discussion of Kierkegaard and the problem of the self without God, he moves to explore fully the growing nihilistic trend evidenced in the writings of Ibsen, Strindberg, Pirandello, Gide, and Malraux and culminating in the plays and novels of Ionesco and Beckett. He then turns his attention to the Sartrean man, the Existentialist hero searching to find the ground for a humanistic ethic in an awareness of the absurd. The desire for commitment inherent in this search leads the author to a consideration of the "positive heroes" of recent Russian fiction and the problems of writing under direction from the Ministry of Truth.Commenting on this valuable exercise in comparative literature, the noted critic Ihab Hassan has said, "The author has committed himself to an excellent endeavor." All readers faced with the complex problems presented by modern literature should find this an original and enlightening book.

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271731018
Number of pages: 218
Weight: 34 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm

You may also be interested in...

Metamorphoses
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Classics: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
Wide Sargasso Sea
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Rumi Poems
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Mighty Dead
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Jane Austen
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Flatland
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Essays
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Birth of Tragedy
Added to basket
The Mabinogion
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
A Moveable Feast
Added to basket
On Writers and Writing
Added to basket
Country Girl
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Three Theban Plays
Added to basket
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.