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The theatre of the absurd. by Esslin, Martin

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Published by Anchor Books in Garden City, N.Y .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism.,
  • Theater of the absurd.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. [383]-413.

Classifications
LC ClassificationsPN1861 .E8 1969
The Physical Object
Paginationxv, 424 p.
Number of Pages424
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5438866M
LC Control Number73087935

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Cheat code to reading The Theatre of the Absurd: read the chapter 'The Significance of the Absurd' before reading the rest of the book. This book is a timeless analysis of one of the major movements in modern theatre history, a must read for any theatre practitioner who are intent in seriously questioning their own craft and philosophy/5. This book is well organized and thorough. If you want to learn about the theater of the absurd, this is the way to do it. You will notice that the author is very defensive, constantly defending the right of the theater of the absurd to exist/5(21). The Theatre of the Absurd is a term for a distinct style of drama written largely by European playwrights in the s–s, though it has become something of a tradition that lives on. On the whole, the Theatre of the Absurd rebelled against theatrical traditions and expressed a confusing, seemingly meaningless world where people encounter.   In , Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot premiered at a tiny avant-garde theatre in Paris; within five years, it had been translated into more than twenty languages and seen by more than a million spectators. Its startling popularity marked the emergence of a new type of theatre whose proponents—Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, Pinter, and others—shattered /5(3).

  Europe in the s saw the rise of a new genre of theater. A wave of plays showcasing absurdist fiction rose to prominence. It was named The Theatre of the Absurd by the British-Hungarian critic, journalist and dramatist Martin : Medina Bakayeva.   Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd is an innovative collection of essays, written by leading scholars in the fields of theatre, performance and eco-criticism, which reconfigures absurdist theatre through the optics of ecology and environment. As well as offering strikingly new interpretations of the work of canonical playwrights such as Beckett, Genet, Ionesco, Adamov, Brand: Bloomsbury Publishing. This book is well organized and thorough. If you want to learn about the theater of the absurd, this is the way to do it. You will notice that the author is very defensive, constantly defending the right of the theater of the absurd to exist/5(19). 'In his latest book Michael Bennett sets out to provide a scholarly but reader-friendly appraisal of the literary and dramatic manifestations of the absurd. this book manages to be both an accessible introduction to readers unfamiliar with the absurd and a thought-provoking addition to absurd criticism.'Cited by: 4.

Theatre of the Absurd, dramatic works of certain European and American dramatists of the s and early ’60s who agreed with the Existentialist philosopher Albert Camus’s assessment, in his essay “The Myth of Sisyphus” (), that the human situation is essentially absurd, devoid of term is also loosely applied to those dramatists and the production of those works. The Theatre of the Absurd, in a sense, attempts to re-establish man ïscommunion with the universe. The Theatre of the Absurd hopes to achieve this by shocking man out of an existence that has become trite, mechanical and complacent. It is felt that there is mystical experience in confronting the limits of human Size: 1MB. OCLC Number: Notes: Cover design: Jack Wolfgang Beck. Description: xxiv, pages ; 18 cm. Contents: Preface --Introduction: the absurdity of the absurd --Samuel Beckett: the search for the self --Arthur Adamov: the curable and the incurable --Eugene Ionesco: theatre and anti-theatre --Jean Genet: a hall of mirrors --Parallels and proselytes: Jean Tardieu, Boris Vian, .   3. Eugene Ionesco: Theatre and Anti-Theatre 4. Jean Genet: A Hall of Mirrors 5. Harold Pinter: Certainties and Uncertainties 6. Parallels and Proselytes 7. The Tradition of the Absurd 8. The Significance of the Absurd 9. Beyond the Absurd Bibliography 1: The Dramatists of the Absurd Bibliography 2: Background and History of the Theatre of the 4/4(1).