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- DescriptionThe focus of this book is on the reality of evil for medieval and Renaissance dramatists and their audiences. What propels the work beyond similar critiques is the author's insistence that evil is t an outmoded feature of past societies, but an active ingredient of contemporary life. Davidson fast forwards from distant times once described as calamitous to a century of far more violence and atrocity - our own twentieth and its overflow. While drawing on Kant to illuminate the kinds of evil portrayed in early drama through Marlowe and Shakespeare, Davidson refers to contemporary events that scream for an adjective for which there is better - evil. In passing, he faults the Nietzsche-Foucault line for contributing to the trivializing of evil in postmodern times. In a survey that ranges from Greek drama and the Church Fathers through De Sade, Dostoyevsky, Beckett, and Ingmar Bergman, Davidson drives to his conclusion that an important function of drama has always been to bring a realization of evil into our consciousness and indeed, through giving symbolic form to it, to make us feel its power as a demonic force in human lives.
- Author(s)Clifford Davidson
- PublisherAMS Press
- Date of Publication30/06/2004
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleAMS Studies in the Middle Ages
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 27
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAMS Press
- Content Noteillustrations
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