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The Cambridge introduction to theatre and literature of the absurd / Michael Y. Bennett.

Author/Creator:
Bennett, Michael Y., 1980-
Publication:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Series:
Cambridge introductions to literature.
Cambridge Introductions to Literature
Format/Description:
Book
x; 163 pages 23cm.
Subjects:
Drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Theatre of the absurd.
Absurd (Philosophy) in literature.
Drama.
Theater of the absurd.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
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
Martin Esslin's the theatre of the absurd
Setting the stage
The emergence of a "Movement": the istorical and intellectual contexts
Samuel Beckett
Beckett's notable contemporaries
The European and American wave of absurdism
Post-absurdism?
Absurd criticism.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781107053922
1107053927
9781107635517
1107635519
OCLC:
908334365
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