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The Absurd

1st Edition

By Arnold P. Hinchliffe


118 pages

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First published in 1969, provides a helpful introduction to the study of Absurdist writing and drama in the first half of the twentieth century. After discussing a variety of definitions of the Absurd, it goes on to examine a number of key figures in the movement such as Esslin, Sartre, Camus, Ionesco and Genet. The book concludes with a discussion of the limitations of the term ‘Absurd’ and possible objections to Absurdity.

This book will be of interest to those studying Absurdist literature as well as twentieth century drama, literature and philosophy.

Table of Contents

General Editor’s Preface; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Critical Terms 2. The Theatre of the Absurd 3. First Outsiders 4. Jean-Paul Sartre 5. Albert Camus 6. Revolt 7. The School of Paris 8. Limitations 9. Objections 10. A Note on Novelists 11. Conclusions; Select Bibliography; Index

About the Series

The Critical Idiom Reissued

This set of 37 volumes is a revival of the original Critical Idiom series. First published between 1969 and 1979, the volumes in this series provide concise and accessible introductions to a range of critical terms which are key to the study of literature. This set will be a valuable resource for students working with complex literary terminology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / General