Eric Mathew Levin
University of Oregon, 1996

 
   

I. Introduction

Modernism and O'Neill
Postmodernism and Nietzsche
Statement of Problem
Definition of Terms
Justification of the Study
Methods and Procedures
Limitations
Review of the Literature
Review of Remaining Chapters
Conclusion

II. Contemporary Approaches to Thus Spake Zarathustra

Perspectivism
Nihilism
Eternal Recurrence
Love and Marriage
Conclusion

III. The Fountain

Background
Story Summary
Literary and Performance Criticism
A Contemporary Approach to The Fountain
Conclusion

IV. Marco Millions

Background
Story Summary
Literary and Performance Criticism
A Contemporary Approach to Marco Millions
Conclusion

V. Days Without End

Background
Story Summary
Literary and Performance Criticism
A Contemporary Approach to Days Without End
Conclusion

VI. Conclusion

Application
Suggestions for Further Research

Works Cited

 

About the Author


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A Dissertation

Presented to the Department of Theatre Arts and the Graduate School of the University of Oregon in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, June 1996.

 

Acknowledgments

 

It is with great joy that this author acknowledges the many teachers who directly or indirectly contributed to this dissertation. I am grateful to my dissertation committee, Dr. Robert Barton, Dr. William Davie, and Dr. Jack Watson, each of whom contributed their own skills and enthusiasm to this effort as well as enriching my life through our association. A special thank you goes to Dr. Grant McKernie without whom this document would not have been written and who combines his love for theatre, his scholarly skills and his gentle guidence to epitomize the highest goals of our profession.


I would also like to acknowledge those whose contribution to my education has led me to this point: Dr. Travis Bogard, who introduced me to the work of Eugene O'Neill and through his life work has continued to inform and delight; Dr. Rich Wattenberg, who guided me through my initial O'Neill research; and Dr. Jordan Pecile, who took me under his wing. Much credit also goes to my fellow graduate students at the University of Oregon, notably: John Rustan, Janet Gupton, Shelley Doulma, and Kevin Trudeau. What a long strange trip its been!


Finally, I would like to thank my parents, Ben and Barbara Levin, who taught me the most important lessons of my life.

 

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