Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd: Camus, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, and Pinter

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Springer, Apr 25, 2011 - Performing Arts - 179 pages
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Fifty years after the publication of Martin Esslin's The Theatre of the Absurd , which suggests that 'absurd' plays purport the meaninglessness of life, this book uses the works of five major playwrights of the 1950s to provide a timely reassessment of one of the most important theatre 'movements' of the 20th century.
 

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Contents

Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd
1
Chapter 1 The Parable of Estragons Struggle with the Boot in Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot
27
The Interrogation Scenes in The Birthday Party
52
The Use of Ritual in Jean Genets The Blacks A Clown Show
71
Chapter 4 Berenger The Sisyphean Hero
88
Theorizing a Female Absurd in Beth Henleys Crimes of the Heart as Means of Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd
101
Defining the Parable
109
Parables in Drama
125
Notes
134
Bibliography
167
Index
177
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Michael Y. Bennett is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA, where he teaches courses on modern drama. He is the author of Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd (2011/2013), Words, Space, and the Audience (2012), and Narrating the Past through Theatre (2012). He is the editor of Refiguring Oscar Wilde's Salome (2011); and the co-editor of Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays: New Critical Perspectives (2012) as well as editor of The Edward Albee Review .

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