Modern Literature and the Tragic
By (author) K. M. Newton
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Modern Literature and the Tragic by K. M. Newton
Book DescriptionThis 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. Key Features *Broad coverage of drama and fiction by British, European, and American writers *Provides readings of particular texts including Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Ibsen's Ghosts, Strindberg's Miss Julie, Brecht's Mother Courage, Chekhov's Three Sisters, Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure, Shaw's Saint Joan, Miller's Death of a Salesman, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and D H Lawrence's The Rainbow and Women in Love *Combines literary interpretation with philosophical discussion, e.g. of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Derrida, Rorty
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748636730
(244mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 20-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author K. M. Newton
Modernizing George Eliot, Hardback (December 2011)
Ken Newton argues that George Eliot's fiction is more innovative than previous critics have admitted, anticipating significant aspects of writing in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
George Eliot, Judaism and the Novels, Hardback (December 2001)
This study argues that Jewish Mysticism influenced all Eliot's novels and not just her Jewish novel, "Daniel Deronda", and leaves the reader with a very different George Eliot from that assumed by most previous criticism.
Twentieth-century Literary Theory, Paperback (September 1997)
A thoroughly revised edition of this successful undergraduate introduction to literary theory, this text includes core pieces by leading theorists from Russian Formalists to Postmodernist and Post-colonial critics. An ideal teaching resource, with helpful introductory notes to each chapter.
Theory into Practice, Paperback (August 1992)» View all books by K. M. Newton
Brings together essays by major critics to help a general literary readership gain a better understanding of the various types of theory criticism, see theory being applied to practice and encourage students to use theory in their own critical writing.
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Author Biography - K. M. Newton
Professor Ken Newton teaches at the University of Dundee. He specialises in nineteenth and twentieth century literature and literary theory. He has published several books on George Eliot and numerous articles on her and nineteenth-century fiction generally, as well as books, articles, and anthologies on literary theory.
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