Nausea and the early Sartre: a case study in freedom
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 03:11 authored by Alison Beale
Sartre's Nausea is recognised as a classic modern 'novel of ideas', but has traditionally been viewed as an illustration of ideas fully explored only in Sartre's strictly philosophical works, such as Being and Nothingness. The relationship between Nausea and Sartre's other early works, however, has not been thoroughly examined, despite the importance of these texts for Sartre's intellectual development and the conceptualisation of his early phenomenological and existential theories. -- This thesis is a case study in the relationship between philosophy and literature that examines the intimate relationships between Nausea (1938) and four of Sartre's early works: The Transcendence of the Ego (1936), The Emotions: Outline of a Theory (1939), The Imagination (1936) and The Imaginary (1940). Each chapter juxtaposes the novel alongside the theories and concepts presented in one of these texts, analysing the intricate relationship between it and Nausea in terms of the content of both novel and theoretical text, showing how Sartre's literary work is related to concepts from his earlier philosophical texts. -- The thesis considers the significance of Nausea and novelistic fiction in general for the Sartrean notion of freedom, which is integral to understanding Nausea both as philosophical text and work of art. It is demonstrated that even in Sartre's earliest work, the use of novelistic form and style are crucial to the expression of essential phenomenological and existential concepts. It concludes that in order to fully comprehend the phenomenological and existential theories of the early Sartre, we need a deeper understanding of the relationship between Sartre's explicitly theoretical works and his fiction than has usually been assumed.
Table of ContentsChapter I. The transcendence of the ego and Nausea: the self and its dissolution -- Chapter II. Feeling that way: Nausea and the emotions: outline of a theory -- Chapter III. The problem of the imagination -- Chapter IV. Irreality, art and Nausea: The (possible) freedom of art.
Notes"A thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy". Bibliography: pages 153-157
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis masters research
DegreeMPhil, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Philosophy
Year of Award2013
Principal SupervisorRobert Sinnerbrink
Additional Supervisor 1Jean-Philippe Deranty
RightsCopyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au Copyright Alison Beale 2013.
Extent1 online resource (157 pages) illustrations
Former Identifiersmq:30964 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/288496 2120071
ExistentialismSartre, Jean-PaulImagery (Psychology) in literatureNauseaexistentialist literaturefreedomSelf in literatureSartre, Jean PaulLiberty in literatureSartreEmotions in literatureSartre, Jean Paul, -- 1905-1980. -- Nausée.Sartre, Jean-Paul, -- 1905-1980 -- Criticism and interpretation.Literature -- PhilosophyEgoism in literatureLiterature