Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd

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 ...

Author: M. Bennett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230118829

Category: Performing Arts

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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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Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd

Reassessing. the. Theatre. of. the. Absurd. In 1953, a play premiered thatconfounded audiences, arguably,unlike any play that has come before or after it.

Author: M. Bennett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230118829

Category: Performing Arts

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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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The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd

Essential reading for students, this book provides the necessary tools to develop the study of some of the twentieth century's most influential works.

Author: Michael Y. Bennett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107053922

Category: Drama

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Michael Y. Bennett's accessible Introduction explains the complex, multidimensional nature of the works and writers associated with the absurd - a label placed upon a number of writers who revolted against traditional theatre and literature in both similar and widely different ways. Setting the movement in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, Bennett provides an in-depth overview of absurdism and its key figures in theatre and literature, from Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to Tom Stoppard. Chapters reveal the movement's origins, development and present-day influence upon popular culture around the world, employing the latest research to this often challenging area of study in a balanced and authoritative approach. Essential reading for students of literature and theatre, this book provides the necessary tools to interpret and develop the study of a movement associated with some of the twentieth century's greatest and most influential cultural figures.
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The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd

In Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd, I suggested that these theatrical nonAristotelian plot lines take the form of the parable, with the plays termed ...

Author: Michael Y. Bennett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316395356

Category: Drama

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Michael Y. Bennett's accessible Introduction explains the complex, multidimensional nature of the works and writers associated with the absurd - a label placed upon a number of writers who revolted against traditional theatre and literature in both similar and widely different ways. Setting the movement in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, Bennett provides an in-depth overview of absurdism and its key figures in theatre and literature, from Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to Tom Stoppard. Chapters reveal the movement's origins, development and present-day influence upon popular culture around the world, employing the latest research to this often challenging area of study in a balanced and authoritative approach. Essential reading for students of literature and theatre, this book provides the necessary tools to interpret and develop the study of a movement associated with some of the twentieth century's greatest and most influential cultural figures.
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Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd

In addition, it aims to reassess the significance of a key critical text, namely, Martin Esslin's The Theatre of the Absurd, whose canonical status within ...

Author: Carl Lavery

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472505767

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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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, Albee, Kafka, Pinter, Shepard and Churchill, the book playfully mimics the structure of Martin Esslin's classic text The Theatre of the Absurd, which is commonly recognised as one of the most important scholarly publications of the 20th century. By reading absurdist drama, for the first time, as an emergent form of ecological theatre, Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd interrogates afresh the very meaning of absurdism for 21st-century audiences, while at the same time making a significant contribution to the development of theatre and performance studies as a whole. The collection's interdisciplinary approach, accessibility, and ecological focus will appeal to students and academics in a number of different fields, including theatre, performance, English, French, geography and philosophy. It will also have a major impact on the new cross disciplinary paradigm of eco-criticism.
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On Fear Horror and Terror Giving Utterance to the Unutterable

109 Evoking Camus, Hildesheimer contends that absurdist theater boils down ... see Bennett's “Addendum #1” (Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd, 109–123).

Author: Pedro Querido

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004397996

Category: Social Science

Page: 142

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This volume is a collection of essays whose diversity of insights and methodologies facilitates a kaleidoscopic look at a universally-recognizable cluster of phenomena and experiences of fear, anxiety, horror, and terror that often defy straightforward categorization or even description.
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Re Thinking Character in the Theatre of the Absurd

The Theatre and Its Double, trans. by Mary Caroline Richards, New York: Grove ... Reassessing in the Theatre of the Absurd, New York, Palgrave Macmillan.

Author: Carmen Dominte

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527559882

Category: Literary Criticism

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Using the character as a central element, this volume provides insights into the Theatre of the Absurd, highlighting its specific key characteristics. Adopting both semiotic-structuralist and mathematical approaches, its analysis of the absurdist character introduces new models of investigation, including a possible algebraic model operating on the scenic, dramatic and paradigmatic level of a play, not only exploring the relations, configurations, confrontations, functions and situations but also providing necessary information for a possible geometric model. The book also takes into consideration the relations established among the most important units of a dramatic work, character, cue, décor and régie, re-configuring the basic pattern. It will be useful for any reader interested in analyzing, staging or writing a play starting from a single character.
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Edward Albee and Absurdism

7 For Bennett, absurdity is a call for “defiance, revolt, and contemplation” rather than ... 10 Bennett, Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd, 22.

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004324961

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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In Edward Albee and Absurdism, Michael Y. Bennett has assembled an outstanding team of Edward Albee scholars to address Albee’s affiliation with Martin Esslin’s label, “Theatre of the Absurd,” examining whether or not this label is appropriate.
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Highlights in Anglo American Drama

Among them is Michael Y. Bennett, who opposes Esslin in his book titled Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd: Camus, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, and Pinter.28 ...

Author: Radmila Nastić

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443888455

Category: Performing Arts

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This volume represents perspectives on a number of aspects of modern Anglo-American drama and dramatists written by scholars from ex-Yugoslav republics, resulting from long years of common interest and cooperation in the field between the corresponding English Departments in the region. The volume was inspired by the Word across Cultures conference, organised by the Institute of Foreign Languages of the University of Montenegro in Podgorica, Montenegro, in July 2014. The researchers who participated in the conference’s literature section were testament to the growing interest in drama among regional literature scholars. The book will appeal to both an academic and non-academic readership. The former will, certainly, benefit from this book since English and, especially, American drama is not appropriately represented by the number of published books it deserves world-wide. The volume provides a South-East European perspective on Anglo-American drama, and represents a valuable addition to existing drama scholarship, since all the contributors are from the ex-Yugoslav republics and write from a standpoint of multiple othernesses. It will also be of interest to theatre and film scholars, as well as theatre and film enthusiasts, because of the variety of approaches adopted in the papers.
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Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen

Theatre of the Absurd was, however, just as much influenced by a definition of ... explains in his recent book Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd (2011).

Author: D. E. Wynter

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137515476

Category: Performing Arts

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Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen is a scholarly collection that provides expansive exploration of the auteur's use of intertexuality, referentiality, and fusion of media forms. Its scope is framed by Allen's intermedial phase beginning in 1983 with Zelig and his most recent film.
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Text Presentation 2011

Michael Y. Bennett's Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd: Camus, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, and Pinter comes on the heels of these recent avant-garde ...

Author: Kiki Gounaridou

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786490264

Category: Performing Arts

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Text & Presentation is an annual anthology of essays devoted to all aspects of theatre and performance scholarship. This new volume represents a selection of the best research presented at the 35th international, interdisciplinary Comparative Drama Conference in Los Angeles. The essays include innovative detective work on Aristophanes’s and Aeschylus’s plays and discussions of topics including Joe Orton’s plays as social protest against the power of psychiatry and the asylum, George Eliot’s controversial description of the burlesque spirit as “fodder for degraded appetites,” and psychological depictions of young women entering into sexual experience in Liz Lochhead’s Dracula, among others.
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Edward Albee s Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

10 The so-called “Theatre of the Absurd” was a concurrent, but much less ... I have challenged Esslin's reading in my 2011 book, Reassessing the Theatre of ...

Author: Michael Y. Bennett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351599528

Category: Drama

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Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? shocked audiences and critics alike with its assault on decorum. At base though, the play is simply a love story: an examination of a long-wedded life, filled with the hopes, dreams, disappointments, and pain that accompany the passing of many years together. While the ethos of the play is tragicomic, it is the anachronistic, melodramatic secret object—the nonexistent "son"—that upends the audience’s sense of theatrical normalcy. The mean and vulgar bile spewed among the characters hides these elements, making it feel like something entirely "new." As Michael Y. Bennett reveals, the play is the same emperor, just wearing new clothes. In short, it is straight out of the grand tradition of living room drama: Ibsen, Chekhov, Glaspell, Hellmann, O’Neill, Wilder, Miller, Williams, and Albee.
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Harold Pinter

15 For instance, Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd includes the chapter 'The Pinteresque Oedipal Household: ...

Author: Basil Chiasson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350133648

Category: Performing Arts

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This important book offers a thematic collection of critical essays, ideal for undergraduate courses on modern British theatre, on Harold Pinter's theatrical works, alongside new interviews with contemporary theatre practitioners. The life and works of Harold Pinter (1930–2008), a pivotal figure in British theatre, have been widely discussed, debated and celebrated internationally. For over five decades, Pinter's work traversed and redefined various forms and genres, constantly in dialogue with, and often impacting the work of, other writers, artists and activists. Combining a reconsideration of key Pinter scholarship with new contexts, voices and theoretical approaches, this book opens up fresh insights into the author's work, politics, collaborations and his enduring status as one of the world's foremost dramatists. Three sections re-contextualize Pinter as a cultural figure; explore and interrogate his influence on contemporary British playwriting; and offer a series of original interviews with theatre-makers engaging in the staging of Pinter's work today. Reconsiderations of Pinter's relationship to literary and theatrical movements such as Modernism and the Theatre of the Absurd; interrogations of the role of class, elitism and religious and cultural identity sit alongside chapters on Pinter's personal politics, specifically in relation to the Middle East.
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The Story of Drama

7 Cited in Esslin, The Theatre of the Absurd, p. 44. 8 For a different views of the theatre of the absurd, see Bennett, Michael Y., Reassessing the Theatre ...

Author: Gary Day

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408183533

Category: Literary Criticism

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Tracing the history of tragedy and comedy from their earliest beginnings to the present, this book offers readers an exceptional study of the development of both genres, grounded in analysis of landmark plays and their context. It argues that sacrifice is central to both genres, and demonstrates how it provides a key to understanding the grand sweep of Western drama. For students of literature and drama the volume serves as an accessible companion to over two millennia of drama organised by period, and reveals how sacrifice represents a through-line running from classical drama to today's reality TV and blockbuster movies. Across the chapters devoted to each period, Day explores how the meanings of sacrifice change over time, but never quite disappear. He charts the influences of religion, social change and politics on the status and purposes of theatre in each period, and on the drama itself. But it is through a close study of key plays that he reveals the continuities centred around sacrifice that persist and which illuminate aspects of human psychology and social organisation. Among the many plays and events considered are Aeschylus' trilogy The Oresteia, Aristophanes' Women at the Thesmorphia, Menander's The Bad-Tempered Man, the spectacles of the Roman Games, Seneca's The Trojan Women, Plautus's The Rope, the Cycle plays and Everyman from the Middle Ages, Shakespeare's King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, Jonson's Every Man in His Humour, Thomas Otway's The Orphan, William Wycherley's The Country Wife, Wilde's A Woman of No Importance, Beckett' Waiting for Godot, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, Suzan-Lori Parks's Topdog/Underdog, Sarah Kane's Blasted and Charlotte Jones' Humble Boy. A conclusion examines the persistence of ideas of sacrifice in today's reality TV and blockbuster movies.
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Samuel Beckett s Theatre in America

See Michael Y. Bennett's Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd: Camus, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, and Pinter (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001).

Author: N. Bianchini

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137439864

Category: Literary Criticism

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A study of the 30-year collaboration between playwright Samuel Beckett and director Alan Schneider, Bianchini reconstructs their shared American productions between 1956 and 1984. By examining how Beckett was introduced to American audiences, this book leads into a wider historical discussion of American theatre in the mid-to-late 20th century.
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Eugene O Neill s One Act Plays

Esslin differentiates the dramatists oftheabsurd from anothergroup of writers, ... Michael Y. Bennett, Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd: Camus, ...

Author: M. Bennett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137043931

Category: Social Science

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Eugene O'Neill, Nobel Laureate in Literature and Pulitzer Prize winner, is widely known for his full length plays. However, his one-act plays are the foundation of his work - both thematically and stylistically, they telescope his later plays. This collection aims to fill the gap by examining these texts, during what can be considered O'Neill's formative writing years, and the foundational period of American drama. A wide-ranging investigation into O'Neill's one-acts, the contributors shed light on a less-explored part of his career and assist scholars in understanding O'Neill's entire oeuvre.
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Words Space and the Audience

Bennett suggests that the key to unlocking theatrical meaning is exploring the tension between empirical and rational modes of understanding. The book concludes with an interview with performance artist Coco Fusco.

Author: M. Bennett

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1349297402

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 179

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Situating theatre in crucial moments in history and philosophy, Bennet reads four of the most influential plays through their contemporary epistemological debates between rationalism and empiricism.
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Refiguring Oscar Wilde s Salome

Framed in a new light in this collection, this fuller understanding ofSalome should potentially change the way we read both Salome and Wilde's entire oeuvre.

Author: Michael Y. Bennett

Publisher: Brill Rodopi

ISBN: 9042034327

Category: History

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While Oscar Wilde's delightfully-witty comedies of manners receive the most fanfare from the general public and much of academia, Wilde's most “serious” play—Salome—rightfully deserves an equal amount of attention. Written by emerging scholars, established scholars, and notable Wilde scholars at the top of the field, the far-ranging essays in this book—the first collection solely on Wilde'sSalome—provide new readings of the play, allowing us to better assess how and whySalome either fits or does not fit into Wilde's oeuvre. Framed in a new light in this collection, this fuller understanding ofSalome should potentially change the way we read both Salome and Wilde's entire oeuvre.
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Reading the Absurd

Bennett, M.Y. (2011) Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Berge, A.M.K. (2005) 'The narrated self and characterization: ...

Author: Joanna Gavins

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748669271

Category: Literary Criticism

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What is the literary absurd? What are its key textual features? How can it be analysed? How do different readers respond to absurdist literature?Taking the theories and methodologies of stylistics as its underlying analytical framework, Reading the Absurd tackles each of these questions. Selected key works in English literature are examined in depth to reveal significant aspects of absurd style. Its analytical approach combines stylistic inquiry with a cognitive perspective on language, literature and reading which sheds new light on the human experience of literary reading.By exploring the literary absurd as a linguistic and experiential phenomena, while at the same time reflecting upon its essential historical and cultural situation, Joanna Gavins brings a new perspective to the absurd aesthetic.
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