Tuesday, July 13, 2010

1944: The Lost Weekend to The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Charles Jackson. American. 1944. Novel. The Lost Weekend. Realistic study of an alcoholic. On a five-day “lost weekend,” much of his life flashes before him.

Albert Camus. French. 1944. Play. Le Malentendu (Cross Purpose). Failure of men and women to communicate with each other in an unresponsive universe.

Jean-Paul Sartre. French. 1944. Play. No Exit. Unable to leave, characters discover that “hell is other people.” When the door finally opens, characters are inseparable and cannot leave.

Bertolt Brecht. German. 1944/45. Play. The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Chinese play, Circle of Chalk, is used to help resolve a problem when two Russian communes vie for the same valley after WWII. Social ties more important than the ties of blood.

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