Subversive Communicative Chaos in Edward Albee’s Selected Plays: An Absurdist Sketch of Modern Man

Abdullah H. Kurraz


This paper explores the stances of communicative chaos, non-conformity and miscommunication that suggest the absurdist aspects of Edward Albee’s plays as postmodernist phenomena. Albee’s modern man lacks a mechanism of communication and fails to find a companionship that suits his mentality, ideology, and hopes. Albee’s plays serve as a cautionary discourse to reconcile conformity and non-conformity, and to warn against the inevitable bad consequences of their miscommunication and the collapse of values in human societies.
Also, this paper examines the commonalities in both Albee’s plays and absurdity, where Albee fuses features of the Theater of the Absurd in themes which question man’s existence in the modern world, the lack of communication among people, and man’s non-conformity. Thus, by juxtaposing the opposites, the plays are able to generate many of their tensions and conflicts.


Non-conformity; Miscommunication; Communicative chaos; Absurdity and the theater of the absurd; Postmodernism

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