Vol. 16 (2023): XVI International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Criticism Socialist Realism in Literature and Art
Models and Forms of Socialist Realism

Philosophy of Absurd and the Theater of Absurd, and their Soviet Reflection Theoretical Studies

Irma Ratiani
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University; Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2023-12-11


  • Philosophy of absurd,
  • theater of absurd,
  • Soviet Union


The article deals with the issue of formation and development of the philosophy of existentialism and absurd and its influence on the theatre of absurd, which was established in European literature and culture in 1950s. One of the goals of the article is the reflection of the absurd philosophy and playwriting in Soviet Union. Works of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre and Camus are overlooked. Special attention is done on the reflection of Camu’s Myth of Sisyphus in the Soviet criticism and literature.