Thursday, July 22, 2010

1948: Dirty Hands to The Maids

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Jean-Paul Sartre. French. 1948. Play. Dirty Hands. Motiveless murder in the context of change to diametrically opposite principles by a political party.

Graham Greene. British. 1948. Novel. The Heart of the Matter. West Africa. English Roman Catholic torn between adulterous love and duty to wife and religion.

William Faulkner. American. 1948. Novel. Intruder in the Dust. White teenager fights to prove the innocence of an aging black accused of murdering a white man.

Evelyn Waugh. British. 1948. Novel. The Loved One. Satire on American life, especially Hollywood mortuary practices.

Jean Genet. French. 1948. Play. The Maids. Genet’s view of humanity: identity consists of shifting masks, roles and states.

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