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Published: 30 August 2006

368 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719074103

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The Absurd in Literature

Neil Cornwell

Published by Manchester University Press

  • The first study of the absurd since Martin Esslin's The Theatre of the Absurd (3rd edition, 1987)
  • More comprehensive than Esslin as it covers fiction as well as theatre, and re-draws the absurdist canon
  • An excellent survey and introduction of absurdist prose, which will appeal to undergraduates as well as lecturers
  • Sections on the antecedents, history and theory of the absurd are then complimented by case studies of four authors: Flann O'Brien, Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka and Daniil Kharms
  • Fine concluding chapter looking at how the absurdist has infiltrated twenty-first century reality: television, radio and film, advertising media, contemporary art and recorded music and so on

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