Ken Kesey | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Elaine B. Safer

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Ken Kesey.
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Critical Essay by Elaine B. Safer

SOURCE: Safer, Elaine B. “The Absurd Quest and Black Humor in Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion.Critique 24, no. 4 (summer 1983): 228-40.

In the following essay, Safer delineates the absurdist perspective and black humor tone of Sometimes a Great Notion.

Ken Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) has been acclaimed as a premier example of black humor literature, while Sometimes a Great Notion (1963) has received relatively little critical attention, most of it negative. Commentators have faulted Kesey's second novel for having “quirky and hallucinatory” images, characters who engage in a “self-defeating struggle,” and—in general—for being too diffuse, for having no central unity.1 An absurdist thrust and black humor tone, similar to those in One Flew over the Cuckoo...

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