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Beckett's Breath: Anti-Theatricality and the Visual Arts

Sozita Goudouna


Samuel Beckett, one of the most prominent playwrights of the twentieth century, wrote a thirty-second playlet for the stage that does not include actors, text, characters or drama but only stage directions. Breath (1969) is the focus and the only theatrical text examined in this study, which demonstrates how the piece became emblematic of the interdisciplinary exchanges that occur in Beckett's later writings, and of the cross-fertilisation of the theatre with the visual arts. The book attends to fifty breath-related artworks (including sculpture, painting, new media, sound art, performance art ... More

Keywords: ‘Samuel Beckett’, ‘Respiration’, ‘High-Modernism’, ‘Intermediality’, ‘Materiality’, ‘Art Theory’

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474421645
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sozita Goudouna, author