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Beckett's ThingPainting and Theatre$
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David Lloyd

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474415729

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415729.001.0001

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Introduction: The Painted Stage – Beckett’s Visual Aesthetics

Introduction: The Painted Stage – Beckett’s Visual Aesthetics

(p.1) Introduction: The Painted Stage – Beckett’s Visual Aesthetics
Beckett's Thing

David Lloyd

Edinburgh University Press

The introduction reviews Beckett’s life-long engagement with the visual arts and artists and explores previous critical work that has tended to take his statements on art largely as statements about literary aesthetics. It argues for the need to attend to the actual works which Beckett saw and to understand his theatre as a form of visual and not primarily textual art. The introduction also summarizes the overall theoretical argument of the book that focuses on Beckett’s thinking of the “thing” as a post-representational category.

Keywords:   Samuel Beckett, Jack B. Yeats, Bram van Velde, Avigdor Arikha, theatre, modern painting, abstract painting, representation, the thing

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