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Beckett's BreathAnti-Theatricality and the Visual Arts$
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Sozita Goudouna

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421645

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421645.001.0001

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The Durational Turn: Absorption and the Specificity of Temporality

The Durational Turn: Absorption and the Specificity of Temporality

(p.79) 2 The Durational Turn: Absorption and the Specificity of Temporality
Beckett's Breath

Sozita Goudouna

Edinburgh University Press

The second chapter elaborates further on Fried's theory and its negative reception and provides a critical overview of Fried's controversial theory and its ideological ramifications by questioning Fried's high-modernist narrative about the viewing experience of visual art, as either a pure optical experience or as a strong gestalt. The chapter critically examines Fried's binarism between modernist presentness and minimalism's real time by arguing against Fried's claim that the worst aspect of minimalism is the manifestation of unlimited durationality.

Keywords:   Presentness, Michael Fried, Absorption, Theatricality, Temporality

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