Reassessing the theatre of the absurd camus beckett ionesco genet and pinter by michael y bennett aj knox reassessing the theatre of the absurd camus beckett ionesco genet and pinter . The theatre of the absurd french thtre de labsurde tet d lapsyd is a post world war ii designation for particular plays of absurdist fiction written by a number of primarily european playwrights in the late 1950s as well as one for the style of theatre which has evolved from their work. Contents acknowledgments ix introduction reassessing the theatre of the absurd 1 chapter 1 the parable of estragons struggle with the boot in samuel becketts waiting for godot 27 chapter 2 the pinteresque oedipal household. Theatre of the absurd and other mid century work samuel beckett waiting for godot play krapps last tape footfalls not i catastrophe happy days endgame what where albert camus the just assassins caligula. In an attempt to illustrate that playwrights like beckett pinter genet and ionesco can stand on their own merits without needing the overarching moniker of absurdist to assign them meaning as the title suggests michael y bennett likewise counters esslin in reassessing the theatre of the absurd camus beckett
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