Date of Award

2011

Publication Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Susan Holbrook

Keywords

Communication and the arts, Language, literature and linguistics, Original writing

Rights

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Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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Abstract

Rhubarb is a collection of two one-act comedies written in the absurdist tradition, with a critical statement that offers the project's framework. Both plays engage the discord between the human inclination to search for inherent meaning and the ultimate inability to find any. Case #6,037,492,801 concerns two of Hell's recently deceased as they determine the confines of their afterlife. Fishbowl focuses on a new recruit as she ascends a corporate system. The characters in these plays are atypical, either being flat or extremely exaggerated, working as parts of the larger metaphor. These plays are satirical, being saturated with nonsense and meaningless dialogue. The conventional well-made play structure is subverted so time is unstable and largely irrelevant, and the plot is circular but also intermittent.

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