Eugene Ionesco's Experimentalism and Avant-Garde Approaches in Rhinoceros

Marwan M. Abdi

Abstract


The 'Theatre of the Absurd' challenged the theatrical traditions and absurd dramatists tried to depict a confusing and seemingly meaningless world where mankind face various unanswered questions and absurd circumstances. The philosophy and the thought provoking aspect of such works was able to hit the audience and it proved to be an influential medium of representation which could address the ailments of the modern man. Many of the absurd dramatists experimented with different techniques to make their works as effective as possible. One of the pioneers of this movement was Eugène Ionesco, whose innovative and controversial approaches are associated with existentialist Philosophy.  This aim of this paper is to shed light on the innovations and experimental approaches that have been used in Rhinoceros in order to highlight this dramatist's contribution to the avant-garde theatre and absurdist movements. 


Keywords


Theatre of Absurd, Avant-Garde, Experimentalism, Realism, Existentialism.

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