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Modern Literature and the Tragic

K. M. Newton


This 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 responded to ideas about tragedy. Although Ibsen has been accused of being responsible for the ‘death of tragedy’, the book 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 ... More

Keywords: Ibsen, Shaw, Brecht, Hardy, Conrad, Darwinism, Strindberg, D. H. Lawrence, Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748636730
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636730.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

K. M. Newton, author