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The twentieth century: towards the absurd

Neil Cornwell

in The Absurd in Literature

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780719074097
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700969 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074097.003.0003
The twentieth century: towards the absurd

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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 James. It then examines avant-garde theory and some related concepts, including futurism and surrealism, concluding with a discussion on the move towards ‘absurdism’.

Keywords: absurdist tendencies; twentieth-century literature; proto-absurdist moments; avant-garde theory; futurism; surrealism; absurdism; Dadaism

Chapter.  15658 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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