Alfred Jarry | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Linda Klieger Stillman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 15 pages of analysis & critique of Alfred Jarry.
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Critical Essay by Linda Klieger Stillman

SOURCE: "Modern Narrative Technique: Jarry, the Pretext," in Sub-Stance, No. 36, 1982, pp. 72-81.

In the following essay, Stillman asserts that Jarry's short novels "illustrate many modernist theories and techniques. "

Alfred Jarry's influence on successive generations of writers is both explicit, in the sense of direct recognition by his heirs, and implicit, in the sense of creating a climate propitious for textual experimentation and for changes in conceptual foundations.

Much critical attention has been devoted to Jarry's role in avant-garde theater, and specifically to his fathering of the Theater of the Absurd. Ubu's legacy traces its iconoclastic path through Dadaism, Futurism, Surrealism, and Artaud's Theater of Cruelty, to the Theater of the Absurd, which, generally speaking, is metaphysical, irrational, provocative, and given to "black humor." The Dadaists...

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