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Title: 'Ginger beer and earthquakes' –Stevenson and the terrors of contingency
Author(s): Watson, Roderick
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Keywords: Stevenson and modernism
absurdity, contingency and existentialism
brute energy
'the dread foundation of life'
'Aes Triplex'
'Pulvis et Umbra'
'Lay Morals'
'The Merry Men'
The Ebb Tide
The Master of Ballantrae
The Wrecker
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Issue Date: Oct-2011
Date Deposited: 10-Sep-2012
Citation: Watson R (2011) 'Ginger beer and earthquakes' –Stevenson and the terrors of contingency. Journal of Stevenson Studies, 8, pp. 108-124.
Abstract: The essay traces recurrent tropes of contingency, and even absurdity, in Stevenson's writing to argue for an existential or proto-existential element in his thought. It touches on the critical case made for aspects of modernism in his writing and it refers in particular to his essays 'Aes Triplex' and 'Pulvis et Umbra'.
Rights: Publisher allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Journal of Stevenson Studies by Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies.

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