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dc.contributor.authorTally, Robert T., Jr. ( Orcid Icon 0000-0001-7089-7739 )en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-09-19T10:19:18Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:19:18Z
dc.date.issued2009-04en_US
dc.identifier.citationTally, R. T. (2009). 'We are what we pretend to be': Existential Angst in Vonnegut’s Mother Night. Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, 2(4), pp. 94-115.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3919
dc.description.abstractThe moral of Vonnegut’s third novel, stated in its opening pages, is “We are what we pretend to be.” Vonnegut’s most directly existentialist novel, _Mother Night_ introduces the related themes of alienation, identity, and authenticity in order to carefully analyze the delusions and self-delusions of a man who believes himself to be good while involved in the most hideous of crimes. Vonnegut’s critique of identity thus undergirds his exploration of morality. In this essay, Tally reads Vonnegut's novel in relation to its dramatization of existential angst and the crisis of authenticity.en_US
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dc.format.extent22 pages
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherCentral Piedmont Community College
dc.sourceTeaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Spring 2009. Charlotte, NC: Central Piedmont Community College. Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 94-115.
dc.subjectExistentialismen_US
dc.subjectVonneguten_US
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectAmerican literatureen_US
dc.subjectAbsurden_US
dc.subjectAuthenticityen_US
dc.subjectAnxietyen_US
dc.subject.classificationAmerican Literatureen_US
dc.subject.classificationComparative Literatureen_US
dc.subject.classificationContinental Philosophyen_US
dc.subject.classificationLiterature in English, North America, ethnic and minorityen_US
dc.subject.classificationPhilosophyen_US
dc.title'We Are What We Pretend to Be': Existential Angst in Vonnegut’s Mother Nighten_US
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