Caitríona Róis Cassidy

My research explores the contemporary relevance of absurd theatre, focusing on the plays of Pirandello, Camus and Ionesco. I aim to provide an argument against the view that Absurdism is defunct and that it has little to offer audiences, asking what an absurd standpoint has to offer to a debate about the self and the other, that is a value of an individual, subjective approach to how we (inter)act.

I will examine how contemporary directors have interpreted works by Luigi Pirandello, Albert Camus and Eugène Ionesco, conducting interviews with directors where possible, and the critical reception of these productions. I will also look at plays which have been neglected to determine whether they have anything to offer modern audiences. 

My research interests include absurd and existential literature and thought, and twentieth-century European theatre.

I have presented papers at the 2016 University of Glasgow postgraduate conference, ‘Difference: Fear, Fascination and Foreignness’,  at the 2016 Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, ‘Lines in Sand’ and at the 2016 Franco-Scottish Research Network in the Humanities and Social Sciences postgraduate conference. 

In the past two years I have taught French language on the French 1 beginners and non-beginners course, as well as French for International Mobility levels 1 and 2. In addition I have led seminars for French Culture 1 and comparative literature 2B.