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The Absurd in Literature


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PART 1: Introductory 1. The Theoretical Absurd: An Introduction 2. Antecedents to the Absurd PART 2: Growth of the Absurd 3. The Twentieth Century: towards the absurd 4. Around the Absurd I: Twentieth-Century Absurdist Practice 5. Around the Absurd II: The Theatre of the Absurd PART 3: Special Authors 6. Daniil Kharms as Minimalist-Absurdist 7. Franz Kafka: Otherness in the Labyrinth of Absurdity 8. Samuel Beckett's Vessels, Voices and Shades of the Absurd 9. Flann O'Brien and the Purloined Absurd IN CONCLUSION 10. Beyond the Absurd? Conclusion

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Neil Cornwell is Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of Bristol


"'I believe that with such a survey, Cornwell's book will be the new standard published volume on the absurd.' Professor Richard J. Lane"

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