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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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Republics of Difference: Yeats, MacGreevy, Beckett

Republics of Difference: Yeats, MacGreevy, Beckett

(p.27) 1 Republics of Difference: Yeats, MacGreevy, Beckett
Beckett's Thing

David Lloyd

Edinburgh University Press

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 shows that while they disagree about the question of nationalist aesthetics, they concur in seeing the formal difficulties of the painter’s late work a kind of aesthetic republicanism. Yeats’s work is seen as furnishing the models for Beckett’s early theatre of the image in Waiting for Godot and Endgame and for the recalcitrance of his drama to interpretation.

Keywords:   Samuel Beckett, Jack B. Yeats, Thomas MacGreevy, Theodor W. Adorno, republicanism, decolonization, Ireland, figure, image, Waiting for Godot

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