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Enlightenment tragedy

Sweeney, Liam (2012) Enlightenment tragedy. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis is an investigation of the tragic form in relation to Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment. Horkheimer and Adorno claim that the culture industry has appropriated the tragic form for its own purposes and rendered it a part of the process of the conversion of the individual to exploitable circuits of value. Enlightenment Tragedy is a type of tragedy that avoids their critique, and in fact offers the reader tools to resist the culture industry in a de-reifying moment. This thesis investigates Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, and Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” and “Revelation” and locates the characteristics that mark them as instances of this tragedy.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorArac,
Committee MemberStevens,
Committee MemberAziz, Jeffjeffaziz@pitt.eduJEFFAZIZ
Committee MemberKameen, Paulpkameen@pitt.eduPKAMEEN
Date: 18 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 5 April 2011
Approval Date: 18 January 2012
Submission Date: 19 December 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 66
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Culture Industry, Reification, Troilus and Cressida, Flannery O'Connor, Identity, Ideology
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 19:41
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:55


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