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The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd

Michael Y. Bennett
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Language
English
Variant Title
Cambridge introduction to theater and literature of the absurd
Series
Cambridge Introductions to Topics
ISBN
9781107053922, 1107053927, 9781107635517, 1107635519
Related Resources
Contributor biographical information Publisher description Table of contents only
Summary
Michael Y. Bennett's accessible Introduction explains the complex, multidimensional nature of the works and writers associated with the absurd - a label placed upon a number of writers who revolted against traditional theatre and literature in both similar and widely different ways. Setting the movement in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, Bennett provides an in-depth overview of absurdism and its key figures in theatre and literature, from Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to Tom Stoppard. Chapters reveal the movement's origins, development and present-day influence upon popular culture around the world, employing the latest research to this often challenging area of study in a balanced and authoritative approach. Essential reading for students of literature and theatre, this book provides the necessary tools to interpret and develop the study of a movement associated with some of the twentieth century's greatest and most influential cultural figures.
Contents
  • Introduction: overview of the absurd
  • Setting the stage
  • The emergence of a "movement": the historical and intellectual contexts
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Beckett's notable contemporaries
  • The European and American wave of absurdism
  • Post-absurdism?
  • Absurd criticism.
Description
x, 163 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 150-159) and index.
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