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The Misery of the Misbegotten

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama

The story of Eugene O'Neill's ancestry and that of his immediate family shows how the emotion of desire could arise from the experience of desolation. The O'Neill family carried the “curse of the ... More


Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

John Diggins

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

In the face of seemingly relentless American optimism, Eugene O'Neill's plays reveal an America many would like to ignore, a place of seething resentments, aching desires, and family tragedy, where ... More


Eugene O’Neill: Superpersonalisation and Racial Spectacularism

Geneva M. Gano

in The Little Art Colony and US Modernism: Carmel, Provincetown, Taos

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474439756
eISBN:
9781474490955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439756.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Playwright Eugene O’Neill jumpstarted his career and had his first major successes in and from the little art colony in Provincetown; this chapter focuses on O’Neill, the Provincetown Players’ most ... More


Anarchism: The Politics of the “Long Loneliness”

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Eugene O'Neill once remarked that his radical activist friends were at war with society while his quarrel was with God. He once referred to himself as “a philosophical anarchist,” which he defined as ... More


Religion and the Death of Death

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Eugene O'Neill's encounter with religion was as much personal as philosophical, and it is understandable that he would be attracted to Friedrich Nietzsche and think that he could regard the ... More


“The Greek Dream in Tragedy Is the Noblest Ever”

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Eugene O'Neill believed that tragedy reflected primarily the desperation of desire unaware of which forces are driving it to self-destruction. O'Neill attempted to make America appreciate the meaning ... More


Cultural and racial (dis)affiliations

Tara Stubbs

in American literature and Irish culture, 1910-55: The politics of enchantment

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780719084331
eISBN:
9781781705841
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719084331.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

A study of American modernism and Irish culture must necessarily begin with a consideration of family. The affiliations and disaffiliations to Ireland experienced by the American writers discussed in ... More


The Playwright as Thinker

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama

The Iceman Cometh was one of the last Eugene O'Neill completed and the very last of his enduring works that he lived to see produced on stage. Its unsuccessful debut may have had less to do with the ... More


“The Merest Sham”: Women and Marriage

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Drama

The philosophers and playwrights of Eugene O'Neill's era contributed significantly to the misperceptions of women, whom Friedrich Nietzsche regarded as “God's second mistake.” O'Neill would write ... More


Waiting for Hickey

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Eugene O'Neill began writing The Iceman Cometh in 1939. Whatever the postwar optimism of the Left, the play suggested that revolution and radical politics must be seen as a misplaced dream, ... More


Introduction: Knowers Unknown to Ourselves

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Eugene O'Neill is the great dramatist of American democracy. O'Neill almost appears to be claiming that in the encounter with life one learns from experiences that enrich one's perspectives. If ... More


Beginnings of American History

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Eugene O'Neill became one of the greatest historical dramatists since Shakespeare. O'Neill took American history as seriously as Shakespeare took English history. He approached history the same way ... More


“Is You a Nigger, Nigger?”

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Eugene O'Neill's interest in blacks and black history has generally been interpreted as expressing his own experience of deprivation and discrimination as a descendent of Irish immigrants. His ... More


Conclusion: The Theater as Temple

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Democracy becomes the very expression of desire in Eugene O'Neill's historical plays. The dialectic between past and present runs through his plays. In America, liberal democracy is esteemed for ... More


Eugene ƠNeill: The Shavian Dimension

Stanley Weintraub

in Who's Afraid of Bernard Shaw?: Some Personalities in Shaw's Plays

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813037264
eISBN:
9780813041544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037264.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Eugene O'Neill's early attraction to Shaw's work is evidenced in his memoir-comedy Ah, Wilderness! (1933), in which young Richard Miller, like O'Neill, treasures Candida and identifies himself with ... More


Possessed and Self-dispossessed

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet and More Stately Mansions dealt with the conviction that America and American democracy had failed its ideals. A Touch of the Poet stood at the center of the ... More


“Lust for Possession”

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama

The opening of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms educes lusty emotion. O'Neill's description of the elm trees in his stage directions indicates that human emotions create the conditions of their ... More


Midcentury American Engagements with Evolution

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr

in Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164702
eISBN:
9780231538923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164702.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the ways playwrights, especially Susan Glaspell and Thornton Wilder, take the theatrical engagement with evolution in radically innovative directions compared with their ... More


White Looks and Limbaugh’s Laugh

David R. Roediger

in Colored White: Transcending the Racial Past

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233416
eISBN:
9780520930803
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233416.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter addresses the wordless white supremacist sneers delivered by the conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on his mercifully short-lived television show. It compares a piece of cultural ... More


The Little Art Colony and US Modernism: Carmel, Provincetown, Taos

Geneva M. Gano

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474439756
eISBN:
9781474490955
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439756.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

U.S. Modernism at Continent’s End: Carmel, Provincetown, Taos historicizes and theorizes the significance of the early twentieth-century little arts colony as a uniquely modern social formation ... More


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