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Reading the Absurd

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  • ISBN-13: 9780748669264
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date: Jul 30, 2013
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches


Challenges traditional scholarship on absurdist literature, privileging the reader and the genre's stylistic achievementsSince Martin Esslin coined 'the Theatre of the Absurd' to describe experimental drama in the mid-twentieth century, the term 'absurd' has been adopted as a means of discussing a vast array of literary text. Many accounts have focused on the philosophical and thematic concerns of absurd prose fiction, but literary-criticism has failed to agree on the stylistic, generic, and temporal. This volume takes an alternative approach: its core aim is to provide a coherent, linguistically rigorous examination of the discourse features which characterise the absurd in literature.In order to understand how such a critically ill-defined term continues to have value and relevance to a global readership in the twenty-first century it takes as its starting point the readers who regularly use absurd terms and investigates their discussions in online fora, on literary tagging websites, and in face-t

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