By Joel Pfister
Beforehand, Eugene O'Neill's mental dramas were analyzed commonly by way of critics who depended on noticeable parallels among O'Neill's existence, his kinfolk, and his performs. during this theoretically expansive and interdisciplinary publication, Joel Pfister reassesses what used to be at stake ideologically in O'Neill's staging and modernizing of 'psychological' individualism for his social category. Pfister examines the heritage of the middle-class kinfolk and of Freudian pop psychology within the 1910s and Twenties to reconstruct the cultural stipulations for the imagining and popularizing of 'depth,' a trope that was once relevant to O'Neill's dramatic imaginative and prescient. He additionally recovers provocative opinions via modern critics at the Left who challenged O'Neill's preoccupation with dramatizing mental, familial, and aesthetic 'depth.' one of many few sustained works on O'Neill lately, this wide-ranging ebook makes an important contribution to cultural stories, to the heritage of subjectivity, and to scholarship at the ideological origins of modernism and sleek American drama.
Originally released in 1995.
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