English Literature- an Episode in the Life of an Author

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DRAMA- Absurd Theater

An Episode in the life of an author by P.Baburaj, Senior Lecturer, Dept of English, Sherubtse College, Bhutan

Convention defined by contemporary critic Martin Esslin as “striving to express its sense of senselessness of the rational approach by the open abandonment of the rational devices and discursive thoughts”. Plays in the absurdist tradition attempts to show the irrational and illogical aspects of life through absurd characters, dialogues and situations. The plays of N.F. Simson, Harold Printer, Edward Albee fall within this category, but the form has been most popular in France because of its ties to existentialism and can be seen in the plays of Jean Genet, Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Bucket. In Bucket’s
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Demythologize-“The New Testament”

-Celebrated the strength of human mind. -Capable of confronting the ultimate meaninglessness of existence. Extentialism in literature.in utmost care of class 12 by P. Baburaj Fydor Dostoyevsky Herman Melville Leo Tolstoy Fydor Dostoyevsky’s “Notes from underground” is a passionate monologue by an embittered angry, selfdestructive figure definably asserting his freedom in the society increasingly controlled by technology. Melville ‘Bartleby the scrivener’-recounts the faith of the men. Anti -Hero A protagonist, who possess none of the qualities of a traditional hero such as- bravery, honesty and unselfishness… Examples include Manfred in ‘Lord Burous ‘Manfred’. Valmont in Christopher’ Hamptons- Les Liaisons, Willy Lowmanin Author miller’s-Death of a salesman. Conventions

A complete agreement by the audience to accept an artistic reality for everyday reality.(like other art from, drama depend on it’s effects on certain conventions).the stage as per conventions generally a 3 sided set that represent both indoor and outdoor scenes. The audience accepts this partial representation of reality, using its imagination to complete the illusion. Another use of agreement with the ways a horse is represented on the stage. In Kabuki, it is a wooden frame with four legs. In this case the audience understands what is suggested and accepts it. Episode in the life of an Author -An Absurd playin utmost care of class 12 by P. Baburaj The
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