From Sisyphus to Icarus: traces of existentialism in postmodern literature

  • Vervaeck, Bart, (Administrative Promotor)

Project Details


This study wants to clarify the relations between literary existentialism and postmodernism. It focuses on 'the image of man' and on 'revolution and revolt', both from a formal viewpoint (narrative strategies) and a thematic one(motives of revolt, revolution, terrorism, subjectless identity).
The project starts form the clash between Camus and Sartre, which is used as a tool to scrutinize the existentialist writings of authors such as Jan Walravens and Anna Blaman. It then moves on, via the writings of theorists such as Kristeva, to compare these with postmodern authors such as Peter Verhelst and Atte Jongstra.
Effective start/end date1/01/0231/12/04


  • contemporary dutch literature
  • postmodernism
  • literary theory

Flemish discipline codes

  • Languages and literary studies
  • Philosophy, ethics and religious studies