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Fine Arts--Theatre

Existentialism--Search for Meaning

What is Theatre
Festivals and Origins
Elements of Classical Tragedy
Renaissance Theatre in England
Elements of Revenge Tragedy
Elizabethan and Shakespearean Acting
French Neoclassicism
French Neoclassicism II
French Theatre--16th and 17th C.
The Nineteenth Century--World Views
The Nineteenth Century--Production Changes
Nineteenth Century--The Well-made Play
Theatre of the Absurd
Absurdism as Philosophy
Existentialism--Search for Meaning
Naturalism--Emile Zola
Realism--Henrik Ibsen
Contemporary Drama: Black Theatre


As a philosophy, existentialism is associated with Sartre who believed that humans are free ("condemned to freedom") and that freedom brings responsibility.   He investigated the basic essence of what it means to exist as a human.     The basic existential problems existentialists write about and ponder upon are  

                1. the transitory nature of life

                2. time and eternity

                3. difficulty in communication and contact with others

                4. individual's sense of loneliness and alienation

                5. mysteries of identity


Camus was a friend of Sartre and was also an existentialist. Camus stated his belief thusly: "humanity has to resign itself to recognizing that a  fully rational explanation of the universe is beyond its reach;  in that sense, the world must ultimately be seen as absurd."

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