Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Croxall, T. H. “Choice.” In Kierkegaard Studies, pp. 23-40. London: Lutterworth Press, 1948.

Provides an explanation of Kierkegaard's concept of choice involving the three stages of life: the aesthetic, the ethical, and the religious.

Hall, Ronald L. “Don Giovanni, Music, and the Demonic Immediacy of Sensuality.” Word and Spirit: A Kierkegaardian Critique of the Modern Age, pp. 90-117. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993.

Discusses Kierkegaard's treatment of Mozart's Don Giovanni in Either/Or.

Mackey, Louis. “Some Versions of the Aesthete: Either/Or and Others.” In Kierkegaard: A Kind of Poet, pp. 1-38. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1971.

Examines Either/Or's “A” as a representative of an aesthete whose life appears to be centered around desire and gratification.

Makarushka, Irena. “Reflections on the ‘Other’ in Dinesen, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.” In Kierkegaard on Art and Communication, edited by George Pattison, pp. 150-59. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992.

Discusses Dinesen's treatment of the ‘other’ as a representation of the difference between competing theories of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.

Salvatore, Anne. “Socratic Midwifery: Green and Kierkegaard.” College Literature 12, no. 1 (winter 1985): 26-32.

Compares the narrative strategies of Kierkegaard in Either/Or with those of Graham Greene in The End of the Affair.

Shilstone, Frederick. “Byron, Kierkegaard, and the Irony of ‘Rotation.’” Colby Library Quarterly 25, no. 4 (December 1989): 237-44.

Juxtaposes Byron's definition of romantic irony in Don Juan with Kierkegaard's in Either/Or.

Tajafuerce, Begonya Saez. “Kierkegaardian Seduction, or the Aesthetic Actio(nes) in Distans.Diacritics 30, no. 1 (spring 2000): 78-88.

Characterizes Kierkegaard's use of the figure of seduction as occupying the space between the aesthetic realm and the ethical realm.

Thomte, Reidar. “The Ethical Stage.” In Kierkegaard's Philosophy of Religion, pp. 38-54. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1948.

Explores the ethical stance of Judge William in Either/Or and Stages on Life's Way, as well as Kierkegaard's own ethical position in Concluding Unscientific Postscript.

Zelechow, Bernard. “Kierkegaard, the Aesthetic, and Mozart's Don Giovanni.” In Kierkegaard on Art and Communication, edited by George Pattison, pp. 64-77. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992.

Explains Kierkegaard's method of interpreting works of art, as demonstrated by the treatment of Don Giovanni in Either/Or, and the limitations of that method.

Additional coverage of Kierkegaard's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: European Writers, Vol. 6; Reference Guide to World Literature, Ed. 3; Twayne's World Authors.