The European Legacy 13 (3):277-285 (2008)
AbstractAlthough the self is distinct from identity, this essay offers some insight into how identity is maintained—in the processes by which a self is formed, and through the actual content of the schemata that compose the self-concept. The author explains how in the 1920s utopian representations of a “new man” indicate the blank space where an aesthetic for the self can appear long before a theory of choice and commitment can exist in reality. Far from being a dramaturgical plan of action, such utopian representations disorient the elements of discourse in order to prepare the way for the appearance of something inconceivable or inexpressible within this discourse. The theatricality produced in this oppositional public sphere—like that of Max Reinhardt, Bertolt Brecht, Ernst Toller, and later by Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus—can thus be read as expressions of unfulfilled desire resisting the limitations of the present system and breaking beyond with self-defined narratives not yet realized in our everyday lives.
Similar books and articles
The Tragic Sense of Life in Heidegger's Readings of Antigone.Scott M. Campbell - 2013 - In S. Campbell & P. Bruno (eds.), The Science, Politics, and Ontology of Life-Philosophy. Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 185.
Tragic Seneca: an Essay in the Theatrical Tradition. A J Boyle.Erich Segal - 1998 - The Classical Review 48 (2):316-318.
Lifeness signatures and the roots of the tree of life.Christophe Malaterre - 2010 - Biology and Philosophy 25 (4):643-658.
Pragmatism and the Tragic Sense of Life.Donald Morse - 2001 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 37 (4):555 - 572.
The tragic sense of life : Lukác's "the soul and the forms".Lee Congdon - 1981 - In János Kristóf Nyíri (ed.), Austrian Philosophy: Studies and Texts. Philosophia-Verlag.
Pragmatism, Pluralism, Politics: William James's Tragic Sense of Life.Jonathan McKenzie - 2009 - Theory and Event 12 (1).
The Theater of the Metaxu: Staging the Between. [REVIEW]William Desmond - 2011 - Topoi 30 (2):113-124.
The tragic vision in the political philosophy of Nikolai Berdyaev (1874-1948).N. O'Sullivan - 1998 - History of Political Thought 19 (1):79-99.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Citations of this work
No citations found.
References found in this work
ΑΝΗΡ ΑΓΑΘΟΣ. Julius Gerlach. Pp. 83. Munich: Lehmaier, 1932. Paper, RM. 2. [REVIEW]C. M. Bowra - 1933 - The Classical Review 47 (6):238-238.