Homecoming Complete Lecture Notes

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The Homecoming—Complete Lecture Notes today: The Theatre of the Absurd and “The Homecoming”; Ruth’s Story Contrast the myth of Prometheus (Romantics) with the 20 th -Century’s favorite myth: that of Sisyphus. Meaning (Prometheus) vs. the Absurd (Sisyphus) “the Theatre of the Absurd” describes a group of postwar European plays centering on the achievement of Samuel Beckett. ‘life is without transcendent meaning’ they deliberately defy audience expectations illogic repetition failure to communicate Central play: Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (French: En Attendant Godot , 1952) a play in which “nothing happens. Twice.” its most famous stage direction: “Let’s go.” [They do not move] major differences between repertory in US and UK: Broadway and Hollywood are commercial, stress bodies and talent British theater is state subsidized, allowing for more experimentation US: “You are your body and talent” UK: “You are what you sound like ( = what your parents sound like)”
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2009 for the course ENG English taught by Professor Bruster during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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