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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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Conclusion: The Play’s the Thing

Conclusion: The Play’s the Thing

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(p.221) Conclusion: The Play’s the Thing
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Beckett's Thing
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David Lloyd

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415729.003.0005

The conclusion focuses on Beckett’s late quasi-political plays, Catastrophe and What Where, seeing them as plays that use tableau as a means to dismantling the sovereign positioning of the spectatorial eye in the theatre. Beckett’s preoccupation with the thing is seen as rigorously contemplating the consequences of late capitalist reification and as implying the grounds for alternative possibilities for imagining life in common.

Keywords:   Samuel Beckett, the thing, reification, spectacle, Jacques Lacan, torture, tableau, representation, Catastrophe, What Where

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