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date: 28 March 2020

Absurd, Theatre of the 

Source:
The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature
Author(s):
Dinah BirchDinah Birch, Katy HooperKaty Hooper

A term coined by the theatre critic Martin Esslin to characterize the work of a number of European and American dramatists of the 1950s and early 1960s. As the name suggests, the function of such theatre is to give dramatic expression to the philosophical notion of the ‘absurd’, a notion that had received widespread diffusion following the publication of ... ...

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