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The Absurd in Literature$
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Neil Cornwell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074097

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074097.001.0001

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Around the absurd II: the Theatre of the Absurd

Around the absurd II: the Theatre of the Absurd

(p.126) 5 Around the absurd II: the Theatre of the Absurd
The Absurd in Literature

Neil Cornwell

Manchester University Press

This chapter studies the concept of the Theatre of the Absurd, which is based on the precepts of Antonin Artaud, and goes on to describe Artaud as the bridge between the present Theatre of the Absurd and the pioneers of the concept. It then identifies the five major dramatists of the absurd: Arthur Adamov, Eugène Ionesco, Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett and Jean Genet. The chapter focuses on the works of these dramatists – except for Beckett – and views the Theatre of the Absurd in (Soviet) Russia and in east Europe (during the Cold War).

Keywords:   Theatre of Absurd, major dramatists, Arthur Adamov, Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, Harold Pinter, Eugène Ionesco

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