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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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Conclusion: The Afterlives of Breath: Breathe – Breathe Again … Breathe Better

Conclusion: The Afterlives of Breath: Breathe – Breathe Again … Breathe Better

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(p.182) Conclusion: The Afterlives of Breath: Breathe – Breathe Again … Breathe Better
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Beckett's Breath
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Sozita Goudouna

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421645.003.0009

The book concludes by focusing on Beckett’s ‘aesthetics of failure’ in his final piece of discursive writing “The Three Dialogues,” and considers the exhaustion of possibilities as a fundamental artistic strategy,  as well as the tension between abstraction and expression, the dilemma of artistic expression and the impossibility of expression in painting. Adding to this, the endnotes encourage multiple perspectives on health, art and life and offer original methods of understanding the role that respiration plays in our sensory, emotional and spiritual life.

Keywords:   aesthetics of failure, anti-theatrical prejudice, Total Work of Art

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