An Exploration of Some Aspects of the Modern Grotesque in Kane’s Drama

Authors

  • Sara Setayesh University of Shiraz
  • Alireza Anushiravani University of Shiraz

Keywords:

Sarah Kane, Drama, Modern Grotesque, Grotesque World, Grotesque Character, Kayser, Bakhtin, McElroy.

Abstract

Sarah Kane’s drama demonstrates modern fascination with the grotesque. In this study some aspects of the modern grotesque in Kane’s drama are discussed using some of Bakhtin’s, Kayser’s and McElroy’s findings to depict how modern grotesque represents the world as monstrous since although some critics have stressed the grotesque’s playful side, the moderns invested dread and fear into the concept of the grotesque. So the aim is to localize representative examples of the prime characteristics of the modern grotesque world and characters in Kane’s oeuvre. Some of the major issues relating to the modern grotesque discussed in this study are subversion and distortion of size, shape and symmetry, alienation of the familiar world and fusion of the realms and grotesque characters. Throughout Kane’s oeuvre the characters are deformed and disproportioned, there is a lack of organization and breaking with tradition, and the image of the familiar world is presented alongside the nightmarish, dark elements that break it apart. Furthermore, the individual is being determined in a world surrounded by dark, ominous forces with no emotions or intimate ties. The grotesque characters are also shown as threatened by mental disorders who occasionally attempt to withdraw into an idyllic or anchoritic existence.

Author Biographies

Sara Setayesh, University of Shiraz

Sara Setayesh
Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Literature and Humanities
University of Shiraz, International Branch, Shiraz, Iran
Phone: +98 71 3626 3193
setayesh.1214@yahoo.com

Alireza Anushiravani, University of Shiraz

Alireza Anushiravani
Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Literature and Humanities
University of Shiraz, Shiraz, Iran
Phone: +98 71 3626 3193
anushir@shirazu.ac.ir

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Published

2019-07-07

How to Cite

Setayesh, S., & Anushiravani, A. (2019). An Exploration of Some Aspects of the Modern Grotesque in Kane’s Drama. LiBRI. Linguistic and Literary Broad Research and Innovation, 8(1), 45-55. Retrieved from https://lumenpublishing.com/journals/index.php/libri/article/view/1674