The Two Sides of the Avant-Garde: Brecht and the Theatre of the Absurd

(click here to skip the preface and continue to the writing)

Summer was hectic and fun.  I took five courses, went on camping and hiking trips, road trips, visited my sister in the U.S., went through a breakup.  Putting these aside, I think one of my highlights in the summer is probably the WL 320 course I took.  It definitely opened myself up to experiencing what the theatre world is all about.  The prof, too, Mark Deggan, he’s great.  God bless him.  I never went to his lectures, I went to his sermons, then I come out feeling blessed all the time.  I really recommend everyone who studies at Simon Fraser University to take his course and support the department.  It’s not easy A’s, but why look for A’s when you can get lasting knowledge?

This blog post is based on the final paper I did in that class.  In the class, students were given a set of topics to write on, with the option to do something entirely outside of the set.  I obviously chose the latter, to write on what really interests me.  As the title suggests, the paper is about avant-garde drama and Absurdism.

I loved the writing process.  It gave me time to structure abstract, unseemingly related ideas together.  I learned a lot throughout the process, and I think Mark likes my paper, too.  He invited me to take his upper division courses in the future, and that he’ll waive their prerequisites.

Before reading this paper, I must warn you that it is best if you know great names in theatre and philosophy such as Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Ionesco, Beckett, and such.  Otherwise, it is still a great read anyway.  Have Google by your side, and hold onto it.  I promise you it will be great.

Click the link below to read the paper.

The Two Sides of the Avant-Garde

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