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Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd

Camus, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, and Pinter

Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd by Michael Y. Bennett
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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, Michael Y. Bennett's Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd is a timely reassessment of one of the most important theatre "movements" of the 20th century. Bennett argues that these "absurd" plays are, instead, ethical texts that suggest how life can be made meaningful. Analyzing the works of five major playwrights/writers of the 1950s (including three winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature), Bennett's work challenges fifty years of scholarship though his upbeat and hopeful readings.
Palgrave Macmillan; April 2011
191 pages; ISBN 9780230118829
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Title: Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd
Author: Michael Y. Bennett
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