Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL EVENT: IAS Talking Points Seminar: Nietzsche and The Catcher in the Rye

12 May 2020, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm


The IAS is delighted to welcome Dr Temitope Abisoye Noah (IAS Visiting Research Fellow) for this talk. Respondent: Dr Thomas Stern (UCL Philosophy) and Prof. Sonu Shamdasani (SELCS, UCL). Chaired by Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (IAS, UCL)

This event is free.

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A compelling piece of information discovered by scholars over the years about American author J.D. Salinger is that, Hermann Melville, Ernest Hemingway, William Shakespeare, among other renowned writers, were instrumental in shaping his craft. This paper suggests that German author Friedrich Nietzsche also informed Salinger’s writings, and that Holden Caulfield of Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye strikingly substantiates key doctrines of the prophet Zarathustra from Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra.


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