The Dionysian revival in American fiction of the sixties

  title={The Dionysian revival in American fiction of the sixties},
  author={John M. Carlevale},
  journal={International Journal of the Classical Tradition},
  • John M. Carlevale
  • Published 2006
  • Philosophy
  • International Journal of the Classical Tradition
During the sixties (1958–74), many writers, scholars, and intellectuals adopted Dionysus as a symbol for the sexual and psychic liberation heralded by the “New Sensibility”. Norman O. Brown's synthesis of Freud, Marx, and Nietzsche made him the era's most influential proponent of the Dionysian. The character of Brown's apocalyptic Dionysus of the New Sensibility emerges in contrast to the tragic conception of the Dionysian in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Four fictions of the sixties… Expand