The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd

Author: Michael Y. Bennett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107053927

Category: Drama

Page: 225

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Michael Y. Bennett's accessible Introduction explains the complex, multidimensional nature of the works and writers associated with the absurd - a label placed upon a number of writers who revolted against traditional theatre and literature in both similar and widely different ways. Setting the movement in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, Bennett provides an in-depth overview of absurdism and its key figures in theatre and literature, from Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to Tom Stoppard. Chapters reveal the movement's origins, development and present-day influence upon popular culture around the world, employing the latest research to this often challenging area of study in a balanced and authoritative approach. Essential reading for students of literature and theatre, this book provides the necessary tools to interpret and develop the study of a movement associated with some of the twentieth century's greatest and most influential cultural figures.


Author: James Graham

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350055026

Category: Drama

Page: 136

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I want to tell you a story. And it's true. That's what makes it a good fucking story, right, 'cause all the best stories are true. Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. James Graham's ruthless, red-topped play leads with the birth of this country's most influential newspaper – when a young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asked the impossible and launched its first editor's quest, against all odds, to give the people what they want. Ink was first published to coincide with the world premiere of the play at the Almeida Theatre, London, on 17 June 2017, in a production directed by Rupert Goold.

Ink Dances in Limbo

Gao Xingjian's Writing as Cultural Translation

Author: Jessica Yeung

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9622099211

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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In this pioneering study of the entire written works of Gao Xingjian (高行健), China's first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Jessica Yeung analyses each group of his writing and argues for a reading of Gao's writing as a phenomenon of "cultural translation": his adoption of Modernism in the 1980s is a translation of the European literary paradigm; and his attempt at postmodernist writing in the 1990s and 2000s is the effect of an exilic nihilism expressive of a diasporic subjectivity struggling to translate himself into his host culture. Thus Dr Yeung looks at Gao's works from a double perspective: in terms of their relevance both to China and to the West. Avoiding the common polarized approaches to Gao's works, her dual approach means that she neither extolls them as the most brilliant works of contemporary Chinese literature eligible for elevation to the metaphysical level, nor dismisses them as nothing more than elitist and misogynist mediocre writings; rather she sees this important body of work in a more nuanced way. This book is suitable for all readers who are interested in contemporary Chinese culture and literature. It is particularly valuable to students who are keen to engage with the issue of contemporary China-West cultural relationships.

Japanese Folk Plays: The Ink Smeared Lady and Other Kyogen

The Ink Smeared Lady and Other Kyogen

Author: N.A

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462909795

Category: Drama

Page: 163

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This collection of Japanese folk plays reveals a previously unknown and decidedly unaristocratic element to Japanese theater. Interspersed between the stately, slower paced dramas of Japan’s Noh theater are the delightful comic plays or interludes known as Kyogen. These brief plays evolved from the bawdy skits that were rousingly enjoyed by the plebeian populaces of the cities in feudal Japan some hundreds of years ago when Noh itself was a pastime and entertainment exclusively reserved for the aristocracy. Today they still provide delightful relief from the sustained and concentrated action of the Noh play that has changed very little throughout the centuries. Among the various forms of classical Japanese drama, the flamboyant action and brilliant coloring Kabuki has perhaps enabled it to be the most easily understood; and the Noh, in a number of excellent translations, has become widely known for its poetic beauty. But the Kyogen, equally deserving of attention, have remained relatively unknown. Only now, with this new edition of Miss Sakanishi's excellent translations, are they at last readily available to the Western reader.

Eugene O’Neill’s One-Act Plays

New Critical Perspectives

Author: M. Bennett,B. Carson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137043938

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Eugene O'Neill, Nobel Laureate in Literature and Pulitzer Prize winner, is widely known for his full length plays. However, his one-act plays are the foundation of his work - both thematically and stylistically, they telescope his later plays. This collection aims to fill the gap by examining these texts, during what can be considered O'Neill's formative writing years, and the foundational period of American drama. A wide-ranging investigation into O'Neill's one-acts, the contributors shed light on a less-explored part of his career and assist scholars in understanding O'Neill's entire oeuvre.

Pen and ink

twelve practical talks on the art of writing English prose

Author: Guy Noel Pocock

Publisher: Dent


Category: English language

Page: 248

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Early Modern Academic Drama

Author: Jonathan Walker,Paul D. Streufert

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754664642

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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Contributors to this collection argue for the importance of academic drama as a site of cultural production in England from 1500 to 1700. They explore how these plays address various aspects of culture, including the relationship between the academy and the state, the tensions between humanism and religious reform, the social profits and economic liabilities of formal education, and the increasing involvement of universities in the commercial market, among other issues.

Blood & Ink

An International Guide to Fact-based Crime Literature

Author: Albert Borowitz

Publisher: Kent State University Press

ISBN: 9780873386937

Category: Law

Page: 524

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The interplay between crime fact and crime fiction can be detected back to literature's earliest beginnings. True crime has long been the basis of many plots of memorable literature - from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter to Jean Genet's play The Maids, there has often been blood on the page.

Red Ink

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Indians of North America

Page: N.A

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Red Ink

A Native American Student Publication

Author: University of Arizona. American Indian Graduate Center,University of Arizona. American Indian Studies Program,University of Arizona

Publisher: N.A


Category: Indians of North America

Page: N.A

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Mind-Travelling and Voyage Drama in Early Modern England

Author: D. McInnis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137035366

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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Drawing on a wide range of drama from across the seventeenth century, including works by Marlowe, Heywood, Jonson, Brome, Davenant, Dryden and Behn, this book situates voyage drama in its historical and intellectual context between the individual act of reading in early modern England and the communal act of modern sightseeing.