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The Search for Selfhood in Modern Literature

  • Authors
  • Murray┬áRoston

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Murray Roston
    Pages 1-49
  3. Murray Roston
    Pages 50-99
  4. Murray Roston
    Pages 100-141
  5. Murray Roston
    Pages 142-180
  6. Murray Roston
    Pages 181-220
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-248

About this book

Introduction

The scientific achievements of the modern world failed to impress the leading writers of this century, leaving them instead profoundly disturbed by a sense of lost values and of the insignificance of the individual in a universe seemingly indifferent to human concerns. In The Search for Selfhood in Modern Literature Roston explores the strategies adopted by such mid-century authors as Greene, Salinger, Osborne, Baldwin and others in their attempt to cope with the spiritual vacuity - strategies including the emergence of the anti-hero and of literary existentialism - and offer in the course of the investigation fascinatingly new insights into their work.

Keywords

bibliography crisis drama English literature existentialism identity individual knowledge literature

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