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Mesopotamia and Israel

John Casey

in After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195092950
eISBN:
9780199869732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter discusses the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Job. The former, which should be considered as a tragic drama and at the same time an example of wisdom literature, can be seen as an ... More


The twentieth century: towards the absurd

Neil Cornwell

in The Absurd in Literature

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074097
eISBN:
9781781700969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074097.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter explores the absurdist tendencies in twentieth-century literature, noting that prose fiction had its own proto-absurdist moments, which can be seen in the works of Peter Conrad and Henry ... More


Around the absurd I: twentieth-century absurdist practice

Neil Cornwell

in The Absurd in Literature

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074097
eISBN:
9781781700969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074097.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses absurdist practice during the twentieth century, examining absurdism in the works of some writers, namely Fernando Pessoa, Antonin Artaud and Camus. It notes that these writers ... More


Samuel Beckett’s vessels, voices and shades of the absurd

Neil Cornwell

in The Absurd in Literature

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074097
eISBN:
9781781700969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074097.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter explores several of Samuel Beckett's works, where one can find traces of the absurd. It first takes a look at traces of Kafka in Beckett's work, and then studies the prose fiction of ... More


Conclusion

Neil Cornwell

in The Absurd in Literature

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074097
eISBN:
9781781700969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074097.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This concluding chapter summarises the discussion on the four ‘special author’ representatives of absurdism that were presented in previous chapters. It emphasises that the term ‘absurd’ can be ... More


Deadpan Irreverence with Cosmic Proportions: The Comedy of The Far Side

Kerry D. Soper

in Gary Larson and The Far Side

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496817280
eISBN:
9781496817327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496817280.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

In this chapter the explores the comedic devices and themes on display in The Far Side. First, he looks into Larson’s working methods as a comedian, charting his process from free associative ... More


Countdown to the Future: The Dread in the Masses That Are Always Already Asses

Sandra Ruiz

in Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781479888740
eISBN:
9781479890705
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479888740.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter focuses on the work of “the poet laureate of the Nuyorican Poets” Pedro Pietri, particularly his experimental and existential one-act endurance play The Masses Are Asses. In Pietri’s ... More


Waiting for Godot: The Existential Dimension

Lois Gordon

in Reading Godot

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092868
eISBN:
9780300132021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092868.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter explains both the need for purpose and the emotional fragmentation tied to the struggle for an anchor within the reading of Waiting for Godot. In other words, it explores the existential ... More


Antiwar Liberalism against Liberal War

Joseph Darda

in Empire of Defense: Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226632896
eISBN:
9780226633084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226633084.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter investigates the limits of liberal antiwar writing in confronting liberal war. The antiwar story, from Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 (1961) to Oliver Stone’s Platoon (1986), combats wars ... More


Epilogue: What the Irish Left – Sean O’casey, Samuel Beckett and Lorraine Hansberry’s the Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

Susan Cannon Harris

in Irish Drama and the Other Revolutions: Playwrights, Sexual Politics, and the International Left, 1892-1964

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474424462
eISBN:
9781474434546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424462.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The epilogue considers the impact of Irish playwrights on an American left that had been decimated by anti-Communist persecution. Just prior to the 1956 New York premiere of Samuel Beckett’s ... More


Kishida Kunio: Two Men at Play With life

M. Cody Poulton

in A Beggar's Art: Scripting Modernity in Japanese Drama, 1900-1930

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833411
eISBN:
9780824869151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833411.003.0010
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter presents the decidedly absurdist semantics of Kishida Kunio's Two Men at Play with Life. As a playwright Kishida's style is subtle, naturally tended toward more symbolist and abstract ... More


A Camus for the Common Folk: Yerby, Religion, and Existentialism

Anderson Rouse

in Rediscovering Frank Yerby: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781496827821
eISBN:
9781496827876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496827821.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

After World War II, Black writers and thinkers, from Richard Wright to bell hooks, influenced by French existentialists like Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Satre, adapted existentialism as a way to ... More


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