Presents a series of critical essays discussing the structure, themes, and subject matter of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
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"An impressively complete survey of the play in its cultural, theatrical, historical and political contexts." - David Bradby, co-editor of Contemporary Theatre Review Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is not only an indisputably important and influential dramatic text -it is also one of the most significant western cultural landmarks of the twentieth century. Originally written in French, the play first amazed and appalled Parisian theatre-goers and critics before receiving a harshly dismissive initial critical response in Britain in 1955. Its influence since then on the international stage has been significant, impacting on generations of actors, directors and audiences.
A seminal work of twentieth-century drama, Waiting for Godot was Samuel Beckett's first professionally produced play. It opened in Paris in 1953 at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone, and has since become a cornerstone of twentieth-century theater. The story line revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone--or something--named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankind's inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett's language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existentialism of post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.
Explores the impact of Waiting for Godot on the theatre and its many interpretations.
Texts -- Meaning -- Intellectual contexts -- Dramatic art -- Performance.
- Author : Gale, Cengage Learning
- Publisher : Gale, Cengage Learning
- Release Date : 2015-09-24
- Genre : Literary Criticism
- Pages : 15
- ISBN : 9781410335029
Gathers together interpretations of Beckett's best-known plays, illustrating a range of theoretical approaches from deconstruction to reader-response theory, psychoanalysis and feminism. Steven Connor has written books on Dickens, Beckett and Postmodernist culture.
Describes the background of Waiting for Godot, discusses its themes, and looks at its critical reception
"It is the only book available that provides a detailed essay on the play and its author. The book acts both as an essential text and a study aid for students of A level as well as for those enrolled in graduate and post-graduate courses in English Literature."--BOOK JACKET.
A true innovation for the stage, Waiting for Godot is one of the greatest successes of the Theater of the Absurd. Although the subject and play is bleak in appearance, a semblance of nobility emerges as the two characters maintain hope. This volume also covers Endgame, All That Fall, Act Without Words I, and Krapp's Last Tape.
Designed for first year students, this innovative guide builds on the usual knowledge base of students beginning literary study in HE by focusing on the familiar characters but introducing more sophisticated analysis.
This volume offers a comprehensive critical study of Samuel Beckett's first and most renowned dramatic work, Waiting for Godot, which has become one of the most frequently discussed, and influential plays in the history of the theatre. Lawrence Graver discusses the play's background and provides a detailed analysis of its originality and distinction as a landmark of modern theatrical art. He reviews some of the differences between Beckett's original French version and his English translation.
The Icon Readers' Guides series assembles a comprehensive collection of extracts from critical essays, reviews and articles, providing the reader with ready access to the most influential writings on a single text, or related texts.
Presents a collection of critical essays on the play that analyze its structure, characters, and themes.
- Author : Samuel Beckett
- Publisher : Grove Press
- Release Date : 2019-09-24
- Genre : Drama
- Pages : 512
- ISBN : 080214909X
"The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett is beyond doubt a major contribution to Beckett scholarship and to the study of drama as a genre."--Richard J. Finneran
While providing a critical introduction for the student of Samuel Beckett's work and for other readers and theatre-goers who have been influenced by it, this study also presents an original perspective on one of the twentieth century's greatest writers of prose fiction and drama. Andrew Kennedy links Beckett's vision of a diminished humanity with his art of formally and verbally diminished resources, and traces the fundamental simplicity and coherence of Beckett's work beneath its complex textures. In the section on the plays, Dr Kennedy stresses the humour and tragicomic humanism alongside the theatrical effectiveness; and in a discussion of the fiction (the celebrated trilogy of novels) he relates the relentless diminution of 'story' to the diminishing selfhood of the narrator. An introduction outlines the personal, cultural and specifically literary contexts of Beckett's writing, while a concluding chapter offers up-to-date reflections on his œuvre, from the point-of-view of the themes highlighted throughout the book. This study, complete with a chronological table and a guide to further reading, will prove stimulating for both new and advanced students of Beckett.