How did this philosophy affect literature and art?
Option: Investigate any specific writer or artist that appeals to you. Write a paper or journal entry defining existentialism in your own words. Select 2-3 works from this chapter and discuss how they reflect “existentialist” ideas.
Albee describes his work as "an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, and emasculation and vacuity, a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen."
Source: Edward Albee
T. S. Eliot “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
S'io credessi che mia risposta fosse A persona che mai tornasse al mondo, Questa fiamma staria senza più scosse. Ma per ciò che giammai di questo fondo Non tornò viva alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo.
"If I thought that my reply would be to someone who would ever return to earth, this flame would remain without further movement; but as no one has ever returned alive from this gulf, if what I hear is true, I can answer you with no fear of infamy." --from Dante’s Inferno
“ It seems to me that the modern painter cannot express his age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture. Each age finds its own technique”
“ It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.”