Contemporary Perspectives: Sartre, Clooney, McCarthy, Murakami

O'Donohoe, Benedict and Elveton, Roy (2009) Contemporary Perspectives: Sartre, Clooney, McCarthy, Murakami. In: Sartre's Second Century. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 173-90. ISBN 9781443801614

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The argument is for the continued contemporaneity of Sartre in dialogue with later artists whom he has either explicitly influenced (Murakami) or whose treatment of certain themes sheds light on Sartre's own work in the same area. In the latter instance, George Clooney's successful movie "Good Night, and Good Luck", which fortuitously appeared at the same time as a fragment of Sartre's unfinished play on the McCarthy era, provides some illuminating comparisons with Sartre's unsuccessful approach to the same theme. In the former instance, Murakami's short story, "Nausea 1979", deliberately invites parallels with Sartre's famous novel and sheds light both on the enduring value of Sartrean concepts such as contingency and bad faith, and on the fashionable Japanese novelist's technique and his debt to an admired European master.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This single-authored chapter brings together revised drafts of two conference papers, the first (on Murakami) given at the conference of the UK Sartre Society in London, the second (on Clooney and McCarthy) at that of the North American Sartre Society in New York, both in October 2006.
Schools and Departments: School of English > Sussex Centre for Language Studies
Depositing User: Benedict O'Donohoe
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:43
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2012 11:00
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