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TA 383 #05a Existentialism & Absurdism

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on 18 April 2018

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Transcript of TA 383 #05a Existentialism & Absurdism

Existentialism
Albert Camus
(1913-1960)
Jean-Paul Sartre
(1905-1980)
The issue
of choice
A universe with
no purpose
Life has
no meaning
No external
moral authority
The problem of
good and bad
There is
no God
Freedom =
anxiety
Absurdism
The Myth of Sisyphus
Absurdism’s
dual purpose
Loss of
meaning
Absurdism is
paradoxical
Religion’s
loss of power
Combines laughter
with horror
General Principles
Ritualistic
Individual vision
of the world
A “theatre
of situation”
Images vs.
argument
No solutions
Characters
Language “devalued”
& “disintegrated”
Jean Genet
(1910-1986)
The Screens
The Maids
The Balcony
The Blacks
Eugene Ionesco
(1912-1994)
Jack, or the
Submission
Rhinoceros
The Bald Soprano
Exit the King
The Lesson
The Chairs
Harold Pinter (1930-2008)
The Dumb Waiter
The Homecoming
The Birthday Party
Betrayal
The Caretaker
Moonlight
Ashes to Ashes
Samuel Beckett
(1906-1989)
Act Without
Words I and II
Waiting for Godot
Endgame
Happy Days
Krapp’s Last Tape
Come & Go
Rockaby
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