Tuesday, July 6, 2010

1942: Antigone to Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Jean Anouilh. French. 1942. Play. Antigone. Allegory of France under the Vichy government.

William Faulkner. American. 1942. Stories. Go Down, Moses. Unified by a common theme: ritual of the hunt.

Albert Camus. French. 1942. Essay. “The Myth of Sisyphus.” Outline of the theory of the absurd: man yearns to know; absolute knowledge is impossible. Life and creation are possible within the limits of what man does know. Sisyphus is the hero of the absurd. He is happy with the rock and aware of his fate, the futile struggle toward the heights. 

Wallace Stevens. American. 1942. Poetry. Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction. Abstract ; poetic statement about the nature of poetry.

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