Re: Multiple identities in Sylvie and Bruno
- --- In email@example.com, Michael Everson <everson@...> wrote:
>Quoting the above:
> On 27 Feb 2011, at 23:27, John Tufail wrote:
> > This of course raises a point. Carroll, traditionally has been described as belonging to the 'Nonsense' genre. I disagree. I think more accurately he should be included within the absurdist genre - in fact, perhaps, the first absurdist.
"Absurdist fiction is a genre of literature, most often employed in novels, plays or poems, that focuses on the experiences of characters in a situation where they cannot find any inherent purpose in life, most often represented by ultimately meaningless actions and events."
I would take issue with the implied claim that Carroll's characters "cannot find any inherent purpose in life". On the contrary, most of them seem to driven by a strong sense of purpose, be it hunting the Snark or organizing mad tea-parties. The purpose itself may be illogical or incoherent, but I see little of the nihilistic philosophy that one finds in the works of, say, Beckett (except perhaps in characters like the Mock Turtle).