Ionesco - notes from books when preparing for a dissertation on Ionesco, absurd play

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I had to write an essay on Ionesco and performing The Bald Prima Donna/The Bald Soprano. This document contains all the notes I took while reading books on this topic. It cointains notes on about 7 books. I always referenced the book on the top of the page and then quoted or paraphrased relevant parts of the book (page number always cited). This might be perfect for you if you are writing an essay on Ionesco or even moreso, The Bald Prima Donna. It might also be very useful for you if you are writing on absurd plays in general, as Ionesco was one of the most significant absurd playwright of the time. (I worked a lot on this, too!)

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Lumley, F. (1972) New Trends in 20th Century Drama. 4th edn. London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. Ionesco was born in Roumania but grew up in France. For a long time he was an enemy of the theatre: he couldn't accept its tricks and exaggerated world. Thus he wrote anti-plays such as The Bald Prima Donna. This is a parody making fun of other plays. (p. 209)Playwrights are not responsible for giving a message to the audience or to save the world in any way. (p. 210) said IonescoQuigley, A. E. (1985) The Modern Stage and Other Worlds. London: Methuen.Ionesco was determinedly anti-ideological. He is not committed ideologically. Things in a play should not correspond to anything in the world, they should be independent from anything else. (p. 175) Ionesco thought that the source and raw material of ideologies is at itself. (p. 177)"Ionesco, whose main fear is repetition and perpetuation of what already exists, focuses on novelty at the considerable expense of continuity with the off-stage world." (p. 178)"Ionesco is in search , not of the already established typical, but of the newly typifying; he seeks to locate the key local factor in social behaviour, not the varied manifestations of it, nor the intricacies of the ways in which it insinuates itself into our lives. His plays focus on one or two such manifestations, exaggerate them to enormous proportions, and thus aim to undermine much of what we assume and believe about ourselves, by knocking away one of the key s

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