Faculty Advisor

Nikitina, Svetlana

Abstract

Since its emergence in the mid-19th century Europe, the Nihilist movement transcended the literary realm and established itself as a significant ideology with philosophical and political valence. This paper traces the evolution of the literary nihilist hero from Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons" to Dostoevsky's "Demons" and Camus' "The Stranger." By comparing and contrasting each nihilist's attitude towards love, rebellion and death, this research demonstrates the hero's inability to bear the burden of responsibility in the world he negates but is unable to reconstruct.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011

Major

Humanities and Arts

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Your accessibility may vary due to other restrictions.

Share

COinS