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Sartre: An Existentialist in the Underworld

Joseph Frank

in Responses to Modernity: Essays in the Politics of Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823239252
eISBN:
9780823239290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239252.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Jean-Paul Sartre's treatise Saint Genet, comédien et martyr (1952) is one of the strangest books ever to be written by a reputable philosopher. It is about a far more outlandish figure than Immanuel ... More


Modern Thought in Pain: Philosophy, Politics, Psychoanalysis

Simon Morgan Wortham

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748692415
eISBN:
9781474408660
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692415.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book analyses how modern conceptions of politics, ethics, and critical thought can be re-evaluated through the question of pain. Using a series of rigorous encounters with key critical figures, ... More


Sin and Evil: Moral Values in Literature

Ronald Paulson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300120141
eISBN:
9780300135206
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300120141.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The confusion of sin and evil, or religious and moral transgression, is the subject of this book. It calls attention to the important distinction between sin and evil that in our times is largely ... More


Classical and Christian Equivalents of Sin and Evil

Ronald Paulson

in Sin and Evil: Moral Values in Literature

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300120141
eISBN:
9780300135206
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300120141.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on the Greek word used to translate the Hebrew chattat—hamartia, which refers to the missing of a mark with bow and arrow: a lack of skill, not a morally culpable act. One ... More


Modern Sin and Evil

Ronald Paulson

in Sin and Evil: Moral Values in Literature

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300120141
eISBN:
9780300135206
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300120141.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the two distinctive evils during the twentieth century: war and genocide. These were public evils, not that there was a dearth of private. Public evil is a matter of magnitude, ... More


Introduction: Modern Thought in Pain

Simon Morgan Wortham

in Modern Thought in Pain: Philosophy, Politics, Psychoanalysis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748692415
eISBN:
9781474408660
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692415.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This introductory chapter presents a brief review of books and articles dealing with the topic of evil and the value of philosophy in relation to contemporary human miseries and turmoil. These ... More


Evil Agencies

Chris Andrews

in Roberto Bolaño's Fiction: An Expanding Universe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168069
eISBN:
9780231537537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168069.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the four kinds of characters that create conflict in Bolaño’s fiction: the accomplice, the dictator, the sociopath, and the administrator—individuals driven to not only ... More


Stieg Larsson

Tim Parks

in Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations between Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300215366
eISBN:
9780300216738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300215366.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter offers a reading of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, comprised of the novels The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. ... More


9/11 and the Wasted Lives of Posthuman Zombies

Lars Schmeink

in Biopunk Dystopias Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781781383766
eISBN:
9781786944115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781383766.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 7 returns to the changed social and political realities of the new millennium and the post-9/11 world, connecting global terror with the success of zombie films in mainstream culture. The ... More


Evil, Sin, and Wrongdoing

Ronald Paulson

in Sin and Evil: Moral Values in Literature

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300120141
eISBN:
9780300135206
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300120141.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter shows how evil can be approached by an analogy with tragedy. Tragedy is to pathos as evil is to wrongdoing. When a child is run over by a car and killed, bystanders say this is a ... More


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