Black-Humorous Performance of Degraded Society in A Comedy of the Absurd by Dušan Kovačević Cover Image

Црнохуморна представа деградираног друштва у комедији апсурда Душана Ковачевића
Black-Humorous Performance of Degraded Society in A Comedy of the Absurd by Dušan Kovačević

Author(s): Đorđe N. Kebara
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Comparative Study of Literature, Serbian Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature, Drama
Published by: Филолошки факултет Универзитета у Бањој Луци
Keywords: black humour; grotesque; parody; absurdity; comedy; tragicomedy; extratextuality;

Summary/Abstract: The intention of this paper is the semantic disfiguration of the cultural subtext of black-humorous elements in Dušan Kovačevićʼs comediography, and a method of research is to synthetically discover the meaning on a symbolic plane of the text. The comic elements of Kovačević‘s plays are presented based on the plays: The Marathon Family, Radovan III, Balkan Spy, Claustrophobic Comedy, The Professional, Roaring Tragedy, also, based on film adaptations of plays Balkan Spy and The Professional. The subject of this paper is to determine the genre charcteristics of Dušan Kovačevićʼs comedies, as well as a comparative analysis of parodic in the context of Serbian literature history. An analysis of comic elements is performed based on the theory of drama, comedy and absurdity. This paper discusses the concept of parody and grotesque. The second part of the paper refers to extratextual characterictics that are scenic type of nature and contribute to the atmosphere of black-humorous social regression. The goal of this paper is to relate the characterisation of Dušan Kovačevićʼs dramatic prosèdē as tragicomic. His comedies demonstrate internal aspects and characteristics of tragedy, but the actions of the characters from plays are comic in nature.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 20
  • Page Range: 520-537
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Serbian