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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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Waste of Breath: The Readymade as a Stage Set

Waste of Breath: The Readymade as a Stage Set

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Beckett's Breath

Sozita Goudouna

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter attempts to further illuminate Breath’s complex relationship between a visual art piece and the theatre by examining Beckett’s choice to fill the stage with scattered and lying rubbish as an effort to escape ‘aesthetisised automatism’, and by arguing that the presence of rubbish is related to Beckett’s ‘anti-aesthetic’ and ‘aesthetics of failure’, as described in his final piece of discursive criticism the ‘Three Dialogues’, that implies the failure to represent (to fail means to fail to represent) and the state of artistic impotence.

Keywords:   Waste, Three Dialogues, Failure, Readymade

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