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The absurd in literature

Author: Neil Cornwell; Manchester University Press,
Publisher: Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2016. ©2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Neil Cornwell's study, while endeavouring to present an historical survey of absurdist literature and its forbears, does not aspire to being an exhaustive history of absurdism. Rather, it pauses on certain historical moments, artistic movements, literary figures and selected works, before moving on to discuss four key writers: Daniil Kharms, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett and Flann O'Brien.The absurd in literature will  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version
Cornwell, Neil.
The absurd in literature
Manchester, UK. : Manchester University Press, 2006
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Cornwell; Manchester University Press,
ISBN: 9781847791672 1847791670
OCLC Number: 1149149972
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Made available via: manchesterhive.
MUP 2020 titles.
Description: 1 online resource (354 pages) : file(s).
Contents: PART 1: Introductory --
1. The theoretical absurd: an Introduction --
2. Antecedents to the absurd --
PART 2: Growth of the absurd --
3. The twentieth century: towards the absurd --
4. Around the absurd I: twentieth-century absurdist practice --
5. Around the absurd II: The theatre of the absurd --
PART 3: Special authors --
6. Daniil Kharms as minimalist-absurdist --
7. Franz Kafka: otherness in the labyrinth of absurdity --
8. Samuel Beckett's vessels, voices and shades of the absurd --
9. Flann O'Brien and the purloined absurd --
IN CONCLUSION --
10. Beyond the absurd? --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Neil Cornwell.

Abstract:

Neil Cornwell's study, while endeavouring to present an historical survey of absurdist literature and its forbears, does not aspire to being an exhaustive history of absurdism. Rather, it pauses on certain historical moments, artistic movements, literary figures and selected works, before moving on to discuss four key writers: Daniil Kharms, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett and Flann O'Brien.The absurd in literature will be of compelling interest to a considerable range of students of comparative, European (including Russian and Central European) and English literatures (British Isles and American) - as well as those more concerned with theatre studies, the avant-garde and the history of ideas (including humour theory). It should also have a wide appeal to the enthusiastic general reader.

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