Date of Submission

Spring 2011

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Thomas Bartscherer, Ben Stevens

Abstract/Artist's Statement

An interpretation of Nietzsche's reading of Euripides' The Bacchae which informs a reading of the use of Dionysus in the philosopher's work as a whole. In the style and content of his writing, particularly The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche establishes a sense of religiosity that is pledged to self-deceptive belief in the Dionysian. This belief preserves the will to live by representing the chaos of the world in a sacred, literarily real figure.

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