Creditors by August Strindberg

By August Strindberg

Anxiously waiting for the go back of his new spouse, Adolph reveals solace within the phrases of a stranger. yet convenience quickly turns to destruction as outdated wounds are opened, insecurities are laid naked and previous money owed are settled. considered as Strindberg's such a lot mature paintings, "Creditors" is a darkly comedian story of obsession, honour and revenge. David Greig's model premiered on the Donmar Warehouse, London, in September 2008.

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More than any of the aestheticians mentioned thus far, Pater uses pleasure as the basis of his critical response. 72 Pater elaborates this programme in his essay on ‘Style’. Replacing the poet with the critic means giving pride of place to a fastidious prose style: ‘[I]maginative prose, it may be thought, being the special art of the modern world . . ’73 This emphasis on imaginative, impressionistic criticism gives rise to the ‘critical reverie’, a form of writing unique to Pater. Accompanying the movement from poetry to prose, from creator to critic, is a particular orientation.

7 When Wilde declares that ‘emotion for the sake of emotion is the aim of art’ and art excites in the aesthete ‘beautiful sterile emotions’,8 he means that emotional experience is just a different kind of sensation, no more significant than any other. A work of art, therefore, does not demand a cognitive response. It is apprehended through the immediate impression it imparts, and not any aftereffect. 9 He declares that ‘there is in us a beauty-sense, separate from the other senses and above them .

82 But any salvation is short lived, since it can provide only momentary and partial respite; it is always tinged with tragedy. One of Pater’s definitions of aestheticism, ‘the sense of death and the desire of beauty: the desire of beauty quickened by the sense of death’,83 underscores this acute pessimism. The notorious Conclusion to The Renaissance, alternatively lauded and reviled, achieved fame for its emphasis on pleasure and exquisite sensation; yet it is just as conspicuously a tragic meditation on mortality.

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