Edward Albee and Absurdism—the inaugural volume in the new book series,
New Perspectives in Edward Albee Studies—Michael Y. Bennett has assembled an outstanding team of Edward Albee scholars to address Albee’s affiliation with Martin Esslin’s label, “Theatre of the Absurd,” examining whether or not this label is appropriate.
From scholarly essays and lengthy review-essays to an important interview with the noted playwright and director, Emily Mann, the aim of this collection is to, at last, directly (and indirectly) confront Esslin’s label in regards to Albee’s plays in order to create a scholarly atmosphere that allows future Albee scholars to move on to new and, frankly, more relevant lines of inquiry.
Contributors are: Michael Y. Bennett, Linda Ben-Zvi, David A. Crespy, Colin Enriquez, Lincoln Konkle, David Marcia, Dena Marks, Brenda Murphy, Tony Jason Stafford, and Kevin J Wetmore Jr.
Michael Y. Bennett, Ph.D. (2009), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has authored four books on modern drama, most recently
The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd (2015).
All interested in Edward Albee and his plays, and anyone interested in plays associated with the “Theatre of the Absurd” and modern and contemporary American and European drama.