In reassessing the theatre of the absurd camus beckett ionesco genet and pinter michael y bennett turns esslins text on its head to offer more nuanced more hopeful analyses of these canonical playwrights . In recent years a number of scholars have striven to deconstruct and redefine martin esslins theatre of the absurd challenging his fairly procrustean taxonomy end page 89 in an attempt to illustrate that playwrights like beckett pinter genet and ionesco can stand on their own merits without needing the overarching moniker of absurdist to assign them meaning. Theatre of the absurd theatre of the absurd dramatic works of certain european and american dramatists of the 1950s and early 60s who agreed with the existentialist philosopher albert camuss assessment in his essay the myth of sisyphus 1942 that the human situation is essentially absurd devoid of purpose the. 4 reassessing the theatre of the absurd be much better off if one realizes that it is just a given and in this way the question becomes specifically for camus what is one to do given that the world is absurd this is the question that preoccupies camus and as i argue the playwrights of the theatre of the absurd so the world is absurd. The theatre of the absurd french thtre de labsurde tet d lapsyd is a post world war ii designation for particular plays of absurdist fiction written by a number of primarily european playwrights in the late 1950s as well as one for the style of theatre which has evolved from their work their work focused largely on the idea of existentialism and expressed what happens
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