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Around the absurd I: twentieth-century absurdist practice

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/9780719074097.003.0004
Around the absurd I: twentieth-century absurdist practice

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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 can be regarded as absurdists, and that they sometimes embrace absurdist qualities. The chapter also clarifies that the use of the word ‘absurd’ does not guarantee that a work is to be considered – with justification – as fully or solely belonging to the ‘literature of the absurd’.

Keywords: absurdist practice; absurdism; Fernando Pessoa; Antonin Artaud; Camus; absurdist qualities; literature of absurd

Chapter.  13381 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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