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Absurd in Literature

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ISBN-10: 071907410X

ISBN-13: 9780719074103

Edition: 2006 (Annotated)

Authors: Neil Cornwell

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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 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…    
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 8/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.10" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Preface
Abbreviations
Introductory
The theoretical absurd: an introduction
The philosophical absurd
Jokes, humour, nonsense and the absurd
The socio-linguistic absurd
Antecedents to the absurd
From the ancients...
Madness: mysteries to Shakespeare
Nonsense, Swift and Sterne
Romantic grotesque to 'higher' realism and pre-Surrealist nonsense
Growth of the absurd
The twentieth century: towards the absurd
Introductory pointers
'Post-Impressionists' in England
Avant-garde theory and practice
Disparate European prose: Western and Eastern proto-absurdism
Around the absurd I: twentieth-century absurdist practice
Fernando Pessoa and the 'pessimistic absurd'
Antonin Artaud and the 'cruelty' of the absurd
Camus and the Dostoevsky connection
Around the absurd II: the Theatre of the Absurd
Ionesco and others: the French-language scene
Pinter and others: the English-language scene
The East European scene
(Soviet) Russia: the OBERIU
(Cold-War) Poland and Czechoslovakia
Special authors
Daniil Kharms as minimalist-absurdist
A Kharms sketch
The Kharmsian canon
A poetics of extremism
Logic of the black miniature
Pursuing the red-haired man
Kharmsian others?
Franz Kafka: otherness in the labyrinth of absurdity
Kafka and the other(s)
Kafka in the other(s)
Falling and cawing in the labyrinth
Samuel Beckett's vessels, voices and shades of the absurd
In the wake of Kafka?
The prose
The drama
Further shades of the absurd
Flann O'Brien and the purloined absurd
The hydra-headed man
At Swim-Two-Birds: juvenile scrivenry as metafictional absurd?
The Third Policeman: questions, mysteries, answers
In conclusion
Beyond the absurd?
The prosaic absurd
Beyond the 'Theatre of the Absurd'?
Popular culture
That miscellaneous and ubiquitous absurd
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index