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The Absurd in Literature

Neil Cornwell


This book offers a comprehensive account of the absurd in prose fiction. As well as providing a basis for courses on absurdist literature (whether in fiction or in drama), it offers a broadly based philosophical background. Sections covering theoretical approaches and an overview of the historical literary antecedents to the ‘modern’ absurd introduce the largely twentieth-century core chapters. In addition to discussing a variety of literary movements (from Surrealism to the Russian OBERIU), the book offers detailed case studies of four prominent exponents of the absurd: Franz Kafka, Samuel Be ... More

Keywords: absurd, prose fiction, absurdist literature, Surrealism, OBERIU, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Daniil Kharms, Flann O'Brien, literary movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780719074097
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074097.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Cornwell, author