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Angst Across the Channel: Existentialism in Britain

Martin Woessner

in Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147750
eISBN:
9780231519670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147750.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines how existentialism was received, constructed, and reconstructed in Britain, and how it challenged the dry academicism of the analytic tradition’s emphasis on logical positivism ... More


Beckett’s “Old Muckball”

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr

in Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164702
eISBN:
9780231538923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164702.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the relevance of evolution to Samuel Beckett's drama and tackles questions such as: How do the common critical descriptors of Beckett's works as about death, endlessness, and ... More


‘He wants to know if it hurts!’: Suffering beyond Redemption in Waiting for Godot

Hannah Simpson

in Beckett Beyond the Normal

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474460460
eISBN:
9781474490801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460460.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Although the characters in Waiting for Godot exist in near-constant states of physical pain, Beckett’s play repeatedly emphasises obstacles to any shared or empathetic experience of suffering, both ... More


Beckett’s Tragic Pantry

Richard Halpern

in Eclipse of Action: Tragedy and Political Economy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226433653
eISBN:
9780226433790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226433790.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama

The eclipse of action by production in the age of political economy does not necessarily result in reduced conceptions of action. On the contrary, one common response, especially in the realm of ... More


Reading Godot

Lois Gordon

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092868
eISBN:
9780300132021
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092868.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Waiting for Godot has been acclaimed as the greatest play of the twentieth century. It is also the most elusive: two lifelong friends sing, dance, laugh, weep, and question their fate on a road that ... More


Waiting for Godot: The Existential Dimension

Lois Gordon

in Reading Godot

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092868
eISBN:
9780300132021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092868.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter explains both the need for purpose and the emotional fragmentation tied to the struggle for an anchor within the reading of Waiting for Godot. In other words, it explores the existential ... More


Heaven Can Wait: That Empty Chair, Waiting, and the Beyond

Peter Toohey

in Hold On: The Life, Science, and Art of Waiting

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190083618
eISBN:
9780190083649
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190083618.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In this chapter the focus moves to the empty chair, a symbol of death and of the departed. The author’s opinion is that there is no link to be found between waiting and the perception of the beyond, ... More


Republics of Difference: Yeats, MacGreevy, Beckett

David Lloyd

in Beckett's Thing: Painting and Theatre

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781474415729
eISBN:
9781474426831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415729.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter focuses on Beckett’s relation to Irish painter Jack B. Yeats and their mutual friend, art critic Thomas MacGreevy. It explores Beckett’s debate with MacGreevy about Yeats’s work and ... More


Introduction: The Form of Madness: A Sensible Mess

Lois Gordon

in Reading Godot

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092868
eISBN:
9780300132021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092868.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter introduces the history and background of Freudianism and existentialism that arose after the end of World War II. It talks about how these two paradigms and realms of thought greatly ... More


The Theatre of the Absurd and the Tragic

K. M. Newton

in Modern Literature and the Tragic

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748636730
eISBN:
9780748652082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636730.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter reviews the relation between the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ and the tragic and argues that though Samuel Beckett's drama can't be pinned down as being either tragic or anti-tragic, Harold ... More


The First Forty Years, 1906–46: Origins of a Vision and Form

Lois Gordon

in Reading Godot

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092868
eISBN:
9780300132021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092868.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter narrates the history and biography of Samuel Beckett after World War II, a period where he would produce his greatest works: Waiting for Godot, Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. It ... More


The Language of Dreams: The Anatomy of the Conglomerative Effect

Lois Gordon

in Reading Godot

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092868
eISBN:
9780300132021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092868.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on the study and analysis of the bizarre, illogical fragments and dialogue exchanges that comprise a major part of Waiting for Godot. The rhetorical devices used in the play can ... More


“The key word … is ‘perhaps’”

Lois Gordon

in Reading Godot

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092868
eISBN:
9780300132021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092868.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Beckett's treatment of objects within his play, these objects being a reflection of both the unconscious and the conscious levels of thought. Beckett's symbols, in fact, also ... More


Staging the Conglomerative Effect

Lois Gordon

in Reading Godot

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092868
eISBN:
9780300132021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092868.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses upon Samuel Becketts' conceptualization of the production of his play, Waiting for Godot, particularly how certain themes would be developed and how the stage design was ... More


The Dream as a Manifestation of Unconscious Language and Emotion: The Conglomerative Effect

Lois Gordon

in Reading Godot

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092868
eISBN:
9780300132021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092868.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter explains and explores the Freudian theories that are inherent in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. It particularly studies the intermingling of conscious and unconscious thought and ... More


The Conglomerative Voice: Cain and Abel

Lois Gordon

in Reading Godot

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092868
eISBN:
9780300132021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092868.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter relates Samuel Beckett's work to the biblical story of Cain and Abel. Waiting for Godot retells in a conglomerative voice, the tale of Cain and Abel, who are primal archetypes of ... More


Samuel Beckett

Tim Parks

in Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations between Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300215366
eISBN:
9780300216738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300215366.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the second volume of Samuel Beckett's letters, which chronicles the beginning of his mature and most celebrated work written in French, including Molloy and Waiting for Godot. ... More


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