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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


‘The Death of Satan’: Stevens's ‘Esthétique du Mal’, Evil, and the Romantic Imagination

Michael O'Neill

in The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies and Renewals in British, American, and Irish Poetry since 1900

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199299287
eISBN:
9780191715099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299287.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The chapter reads ‘Esthétique du Mal’ as a work that illuminates the writings of the major Romantics, especially about evil and suffering. It argues that Stevens's poem, written at a time of ... More


‘I was a kind of an Historian’: The Productions of History in Defoe’s Colonel Jack

Katherine A. Armstrong

in Tradition in Transition: Women Writers, Marginal Texts, and the Eighteenth-Century Canon

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182887
eISBN:
9780191673900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182887.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter argues that in Colonel Jack Defoe offers two competing models of the relationship between society and the individual, or history and historical persons. The first, a more conventional ... 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


Shakespeare: Macbeth

Paul Hammond

in The Strangeness of Tragedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199572601
eISBN:
9780191702099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572601.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama

The three witches who open the play initiate an unheimlich interruption into the attendant space of the stage. The witches are strange enough in their theatrical manifestation, but more strange is ... More


Techniques of Closure and Restraint

Elizabeth R. Napier

in The Failure of Gothic: Problems of Disjunction in an Eighteenth-Century Literary Form

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128601
eISBN:
9780191671678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128601.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter discusses the strong tendency towards closure, stabilization, and formal resolution in many Gothic novels, following a pattern made popular in 18th-century poetry and prose. The ... More


‘The Old Superstition about Fiction being “Wicked”’

Roslyn Jolly

in Henry James: History, Narrative, Fiction

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119852
eISBN:
9780191671227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119852.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In all of Henry James's three works, the main characters perpetrate irresponsible and dangerous acts of readership and authorship, in which James's own enterprise is deeply implicated. In each, the ... More


Outcomes and Endings

Gezari Janet

in Last Things: Emily Brontë's Poems

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199543298
eISBN:
9780191701306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543298.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

That Emily Brontë's career as a poet is framed by poems looking ahead to outcomes that are dazzling and poems looking back on outcomes that are unmitigatedly bleak sketches a progress that we can ... More


Man in the World: Le Monde comme il van, Zadig, Memnon, and Lettre dʼun turc

ROGER PEARSON

in The Fables of Reason: A Study of Voltaire's Contes Philosophiques

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158806
eISBN:
9780191673375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158806.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses four of Voltaire's works, which are centered on anthropology and ethics. One of Voltaire's literary tools present in these four stories is the problem of evil, with Leibniz and ... More


The Good Communicated: Milton's Drama of the Fall and the Law of Charity

Russell M. Hillier

in Milton's Messiah: The Son of God in the Works of John Milton

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199591886
eISBN:
9780191725326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591886.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter offers a suggested cause for Milton's representation of the Fall in Book Nine of Paradise Lost as Eve and Adam's transgression of the law of charity, that is, their violation of the love ... More


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