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Dina M. Scherzer
University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)

Language in Modern French Theater

To do research on languages in the modern French theater, especially on the language of such playwrights as Beckett, Benet, and Ionesco. Esslin notes that the Theater of the Absurd tends toward a radical devaluation of language. It is true that language in the plays of Beckett and Ionesco, for example, is very often undermined as a tool of communication. Research will focus on the precise and particular devices that are put to use in order to linguistically animate these empty plots.

Project fields:
French Literature; Theater History and Criticism

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$2,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1975 – 7/31/1975