The nineteenth century wasteland : the void in the works of Byron, Baudelaire, and Melville

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Mary Gates Brittain (Creator)
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Arthur Dixon

Abstract: The theme of the twentieth century "wasteland" began with T. S. Eliot's influential poem, and has reached its present culmination point in the literature of the Absurd. In a wasteland or an Absurd world, man is out of harmony with his universe, with his fellow man, and even with himself. There is Nothingness in the center of the universe, and Nothingness in the heart or center of man as well. "God Is Dead" in the wasteland and consequently it is an Iconoclastic world without religion, and without love; a world of aesthetic and spiritual aridity and sterility. Most writers, critics, and students of literature are familiar with the concept of the wasteland, but many do not realize that this is not a twentieth century thematic phenomenon. The contemporary wasteland has its parallel in the early and middle nineteenth century with the Romantics; with such writers as Byron, Baudelaire, and Melville.

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Language: English
Date: 1969
Byron, George Gordon Byron, $c Baron, $d 1788-1824 $x Criticism and interpretation
Baudelaire, Charles, $d 1821-1867 $x Criticism and interpretation
Melville, Herman, $d 1819-1891 $x Criticism and interpretation

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