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The Theatre of the Absurd, the Grotesque and Politics

A Study of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard

by Jadwiga Uchman (Author)
Monographs 234 Pages

Summary

The monograph deals with chosen aspects of modern drama based on the output of three playwrights. It discusses the works of Beckett, Pinter and Stoppard in reference to their employment of the grotesque and the theatre of the absurd. Elements of the grotesque appear in political dramas of all three playwrights. While Beckett does not shy away from absurdity in his plays, some of the early dramas of Pinter and Stoppard present a general existential condition of man, even though their strictly political plays are basically realistic in respect to form, yet satirical in their content. Most of the political plays discussed portray the absurdity of totalitarian countries, stemming from the tragicomic discrepancy between what the authorities are saying they are doing and their actual actions.

Details

Pages
234
ISBN (PDF)
9783631857038
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631857267
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631857274
ISBN (Book)
9783631853764
Language
English
Publication date
2021 (June)
Tags
Beckett Pinter Stoppard the theatre of absurd political dramas the grotesque
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2021. 234 pp.

Biographical notes

Jadwiga Uchman (Author)

Jadwiga Uchman is professor emeritus at the Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź. She specialized mainly in modern drama, not only in the theatre of the absurd and poetic drama but also film and theatre adaptations of plays. She published over 60 articles and three books.

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