The influence of Arthur Schopenhauer's aesthetic philosophy on Harold Frederic's "The damnation of Theron Ware" and Kate Chopin's "The awakening" is studied. Although Chopin's indebtedness to Schopenhauer is well established, the influence on Frederic's novel has not yet been revealed. This thesis develops "original readings of 'The damnation of Theron Ware' that challenge and clarify existing interpretations."
Thesis (M.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2000
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments -- ch. I. Schopenhauer's will and the flower of existence -- 1.A. Arthur Schopenhauer and the will -- 1.B. The aim of art: a clear vision of the world -- 1.C. Risking everything for the key note -- 1.D. Tracing the musical theories of Arthur Schopenhauer -- 1.E. Schopenhauer's influence on creative writers -- Notes for chapter I -- ch. II. Schopenhauer and Harold Frederic's 'The damnation of Theron Ware' -- 2.A. Harold Frederic and 'Illumination' -- 2.B. Celia Madden as the embodiment of Schopenhauer's aesthetic philosophy -- 2.C. And all the miseries of willing ... -- 2.D. Child of light, lover of beauty -- 2.E. Illumination or Damnation: challenging existing critical interpretations -- Notes for chapter II -- ch. III. Schopenhauer and Kate Chopin's fiction -- 3.A. Kate Chopin, Dr. Kolbenheyer, and Schopenhauer -- 3.B. "Wiser than a God" -- 3.C. "Mother Women" and the unessential -- 3.D. Genius, courage, and salt water -- Notes for chapter III -- Conclusion -- Works cited.
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