Predetermination and nihilism in W. B. Yeats's theatre

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Title: Predetermination and nihilism in W. B. Yeats's theatre
Authors: Torres Ribelles, Francisco Javier
Keywords: Yeats, William Butler | Literatura irlandesa | Teatro | Determinismo | Nihilismo
Issue Date: Nov-1992
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Citation: TORRES RIBELLES, Francisco Javier. “Predetermination and nihilism in W. B. Yeats's theatre”. Revista alicantina de estudios ingleses. No. 05 (Nov. 1992). ISSN 0214-4808, pp. 143-153
Abstract: This paper puts forward the hypothesis that Yeats's theatre is affected by a determinist component that governs it. This dependence is held to be the natural consequence of his desire to create a universal art, a wish that confines the writer to a limited number of themes, death and old age being the most important. The paper also argues that the determinism is positive in the early stage but that it clearly evolves towards a negative kind. In spite of the playwright's acknowledged interest in doctrines related to the occult, the necessity of a more critical analysis is also put forward. The paper goes on to suggest that underlying the negative determinism of Yeats's late period there is a nihilistic view of life, of life after death and even of the work of art. The paper concludes by arguing that the poet may have exaggerated his pose as a response to his admitted inability to change the modern world and as a means of overcoming his sense of impending annihilation.
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ISSN: 0214-4808
DOI: 10.14198/raei.1992.5.12
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Appears in Collections:Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses - 1992, No. 5
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