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La création de la fin : l’évolution de l’absurde dans la littérature de l’apocalypse du XXIe siècle Bernier-Wong, Nicolas


Many studies are dedicated to the theatre of the absurd, a comical anti-theatre born from the horrors and atrocities committed during the World War II. However, there is a lack of research which seeks to compare this movement from the 20th century and apocalypse narratives, which are also written in response to the catastrophes that take place around the world. Our study proposes a comparative analysis of five works—two theatre pieces from emblematic playwrights of the absurd, Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco, as well as three apocalyptic novels—in order to determine the thematic echoes of the absurd that can be observed in end of world literature. The first section of our study focuses on the representation of spaces and the way in which the authors and playwrights portray the deterioration of the world in a similar manner. The second section addresses the subject of language and its loss of value in the damned world of our corpus.

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