The Moral and Spiritual Collapse of Modern Civilization: A Study in Saul Bellow’s The Dean’s December

  • Abbas Hilal Farhood

Abstract





Saul Bellow ( l915-2005) is a Canadian –born American novelist. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976. He wrote nine novels , some short stories, and a few critical essays . His work concentrates mainly on the significance of man’s existence in a world of dying human principles and moral decay. He demonstrates his vision of a dying world in his last novel The Dean’s December (1982) . This study is an attempt to explore how Saul Bellow demonstrates the moral decline of the modern civilization in the East represented by Bucharest, and in the West represented by Chicago . The novel talks about the prevailing urban decay that characterizes the world during the 1970s and the early 1980s .The study falls into two sections and a conclusion . Section One is devoted to depict how the totalitarian regime in Bucharest enslaves people through terror and hunger. Section Two traces the reasons behind the collapse of human values in Chicago . 






 

 

Published
2018-09-02
How to Cite
FARHOOD, Abbas Hilal. The Moral and Spiritual Collapse of Modern Civilization: A Study in Saul Bellow’s The Dean’s December. Mustansiriyah Journal of Arts (MuJA), [S.l.], n. 66, p. 1:27, sep. 2018. ISSN 0258-1086. Available at: <http://amm.uomustansiriyah.edu.iq/index.php/mustansiriyah/article/view/389>. Date accessed: 06 dec. 2021.
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