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The Theatre of the Absurd (Pelican) av…

The Theatre of the Absurd (Pelican) (urspr publ 1961; utgåvan 1983)

av Martin Esslin (Författare)

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Martin Esslin was at his death in 2002 at the age of 83, Emeritus Professor of Drama at Stanford University.
Titel:The Theatre of the Absurd (Pelican)
Författare:Martin Esslin (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (1983), 480 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


The Theatre of the Absurd av Martin Esslin (Editor) (1961)


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Very readable and comprehensive introduction to Absurdism in the theatre. While few people now have probably seen more than one or two Absurdist plays, if any, this book explains why they are still of interest and relevance beyond the confines of the theatre. This is for a number of reasons:

Firstly, the influence of this movement has stretched out to nearly every modern cultural format - to literature, film, TV, music videos, computer games, memes, and whatever else you can think of. Understanding these influences gives us a better appreciation of each of these respective domains individually, as well as of modern culture as a whole.

Secondly, the thought processes required to create, and to understand absurdist plays, differ in so many conceptually interesting ways from normal thought - sometimes subtle, sometimes stark. Hence coming to grips with these is in itself intellectually rewarding and creatively stimulating.

Thirdly, the theatre of the absurd is a rich source of unique,sometimes challenging, visual metaphors. Metaphors are key to understanding the theatre of the absurd, as they are with our understanding of poetry, of scientific concepts, as well as in more specific areas such as the psychology of dreams (which has a very strong link to absurdist theatre). Metaphors being flexible, the theatre of the absurd has relevance across these domains too.

Finally – this book opens up a whole range of interesting characters (the playwrights), their personal histories, their psychology and neuroses, and their works as a source of potential future reading and study.

This book is also quite clear to clarify the differences between Surrealism, and Absurdism, so we are left in no confusion as to what demarcates each. Though a few individuals transitioned from the earlier movement, Surrealism, to the more recent movement Absurdism, this marked a change in their style and creative philosophy.

Definitely a book to read if you have even a passing interest in theatre, and highly recommended for anyone else with an interest in 20th Century culture and beyond. ( )
  P_S_Patrick | Apr 7, 2020 |
Ritrovo questo libro che l'algoritmo del sistema mi segnala per affinità di letture. Devo averlo da qualche parte ma non l'ho incontrato da parecchio tempo. Ricordo di averlo studiato molti anni fa quando a Londra, in una Summer School, ebbi modo di seguire un corso sul teatro dell'assurdo. Fu in quella occasione che conobbi Tom Stoppard e Harold Pinter, non proprio di persona, intendo, ma in maniera letteraria. Un libro molto interessante e utile. In quegli anni la parola "assurdo" era molto di moda. Continua ad esserlo ancora oggi anche se mi pare di poter dire che l'assurdita' sia diventata ormai una "normalità... ( )
  AntonioGallo | Nov 2, 2017 |
A history of absurdist theatre, with thorough profiles of some of the leading artists of absurdism, such as Beckett, Ionesco, and Genet. The author traces absurdism back throughout the history of theatre, tying in threads even from the Greek and Roman comedic dramatists. He finds traces of aburdist theatre in Shakespeare, and traces the influence of Shakespeare on some of the more modern writers, after modern Theatre of the Absurd rose post WWII. A good work overall, but begins to get a bit draggy before it is over. Recommended for any serious student of theatre, or for anyone interested in knowing the origins and (non-)meaning behind some of their favorite absurdist works. ( )
  Devil_llama | Apr 20, 2016 |
a must read for the theatre teacher.: Esslin outlines important facts about this complicated and confusing theatrical movement. He helps provide a basic understanding for anyone who would like to know about Beckett, Ionesco, Adamov, Genet, and Pinter. Absurdism is probably the least understood of all modern theatrical movements of the twentieth century, but Esslin makes it accessible. If you study, teach, design,or perform in the theatre you need to read this book, it is the authoritative text on absurdist theatre.
  iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
This is obviously an essential read for anyone with an interest in theatre: a book that has managed to remain as influential and as fresh as it was when it was published in the 60s. Esslin can easily brag of having been there first. Before everyone started jumping on the "absurd" bandwagon he wrote a whole book devoted to the subject. Hell, even the name "Theatre of the Absurd" was coined by him. Part of the reason why the book hasn't lost its appeal is, I think, the fact that it is very accessible. You don't need to know much about the subject in order to understand Esslin's views. It offers a basic understanding of the works of playwrights typically associated with the theatre of the absurd, such as Beckett, Pinter, Ionesco, Adamov, Genet, Albee, etcetera. The book does not overwhelm with details, nor does it delve deeply into each play. Esslin prefers to merely touch upon each work only as much as it is necessary in order to draw comparisons that will make it as easily for us as possible to find the common theme and to solve the "puzzle" of the play. I found this book very interesting, though didn't exactly love it. I admit to enjoying reading the works of the playwrights mentioned a great deal more, but with the help of this book I now understand them better. If you plan to do an extensive read of any of the playwrights mentioned above, The Theatre of the Absurd will definitely enhance your experience ( )
  girlunderglass | Feb 5, 2009 |
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Esslin, MartinRedaktörprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Beck, Jack WolfgangOmslagsformgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat

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