Reading the Absurd (Hardback)
  • Reading the Absurd (Hardback)
zoom

Reading the Absurd (Hardback)

(author)
£75.00
Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 30/07/2013
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket
This title challenges traditional scholarship on absurdist literature, privileging the reader and the genre's stylistic achievements. Since Martin Esslin coined 'the Theatre of the Absurd' to describe experimental drama in the mid-twentieth century, the term 'absurd' has been adopted as a means of discussing a vast array of literary text. Many accounts have focused on the philosophical and thematic concerns of absurd prose fiction, but literary-criticism has failed to agree on the stylistic, generic, and temporal. This volume takes an alternative approach: its core aim is to provide a coherent, linguistically rigorous examination of the discourse features which characterise the absurd in literature. In order to understand how such a critically ill-defined term continues to have value and relevance to a global readership in the twenty-first century it takes as its starting point the readers who regularly use absurd terms and investigates their discussions in online fora, on literary tagging websites, and in face-to-face interactions. It examines a diverse range of literary texts, both prose and poetry. It covers classic and contemporary absurdist texts. It analyses the stylistic characteristics of this body of work using a cognitive-stylistic approach.

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748669264
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 432 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm

You may also be interested in...

Wide Sargasso Sea
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Three Theban Plays
Added to basket
Republic
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Histories
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Othello
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
On Writing
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
A Moveable Feast
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
Essays
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Mighty Dead
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Added to basket
Birthday Letters
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Canterbury Tales
Added to basket
The Birth of Tragedy
Added to basket
Hamlet: The Oxford Shakespeare
Added to basket
Ted Hughes
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
Classics: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.