Course NoHS 152
TitleTheatre of the Absurd
DescriptionThis course will introduce students to notions of the absurd in European theatre. We will discuss some of the major playwrights writing from the 1950s who were associated with this style of theatre. The plays will be analyzed for their focus on existentialism and the formal elements they deployed for this purpose, which included repetition, word plays, clich├ęs, nonsense words and phrases to suggest the breakdown of meaning and purpose in a world of religious and political orthodoxy.
  1. Jean Paul Sartre, Huis Clos and Other Plays. Penguin, 2000.
  2. Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros, Chairs and Lesson. Trans. Derek Prouse, Donald Watson. Penguin, 2000.
  3. Jean Genet, The Balcony. Avalon Travel Publishing, 1994.
  4. Jean Genet, The Maids and Deathwatch. Avalon Travel Publishing, 1994.
  5. Tom Stoppard, Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead. Faber & Faber. 2017.
  6. Harold Pinter, Complete Works. Avalon Travel Publishing, 1994.
Course References
  1. Martin Esslin, The Theatre of the Absurd. Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Limited, 2014.
  2. Antonin Artaud, The Theatre and its Double. Grove Press, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994.
  3. Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus. Penguin, 2005.
  4. Xingjian Gao, The Other Shore: Plays. Gilbert C.F. Fong (trans.) Chinese University Press, 2000.