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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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Shortness of Breath: Beckett’s Breath in Context

Shortness of Breath: Beckett’s Breath in Context

(p.105) 3 Shortness of Breath: Beckett’s Breath in Context
Beckett's Breath

Sozita Goudouna

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter examines the ways artists and directors have staged Breath. The “stagings” or “displays” of the playlet are examined in an attempt to show how artists and directors have responded to Breath's intermedial structure. The presence of the human body in certain of these works, is in contrast to Beckett's central decision to eradicate the body/subject from the stage. Consequently, these art works disregard (fail to see) the existential and ontological importance of Beckett's decision to eradicate the figure of the performer by presenting the “absence” of the human subject.

Keywords:   Intermediality, human subject, Hirst, Tynan, Navridis, Guimarães’, Gontarski

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