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The plays of Samuel Beckett

Author: Katherine Weiss
Publisher: London : Methuen Drama, 2013.
Series: Critical companions (London, England)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beckett remains one of the most important writers of the twentieth century whose radical experimentations in form and content transformed the very concept of theatre and won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. This Critical Companion encompasses his plays for the stage, radio and television, and will be indispensable to students of his work. Challenging and at times perplexing, Beckett's work is represented  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Samuel Beckett; Samuel Beckett; Samuel Beckett
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Weiss
ISBN: 9781408157305 1408157306 9781408145579 140814557X
OCLC Number: 1016658228
Description: vii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1.The Stage Plays --
Waiting for Godot --
Endgame --
Krapp's Last Tape --
Happy Days --
Play --
Come and Go --
Footfalls --
Conclusion --
2.The Radio Plays --
All That Fall --
Embers --
The Old Tune --
Words and Music, Cascando, Rough for Radio I, Rough for Radio II --
Conclusion --
3.The Teleplays --
Eh Joe --
Ghost Trio --
...but the clouds... --
Nacht und Traume --
Quad --
What Where --
Conclusion --
4.Critical Perspectives --
Ghosts: Chaos and Freedom in Beckett's Spectral Theatre / Xerxes Mehta --
A Spectrum of Fidelity, an Ethic of Impossibility: Directing Beckett / Nicholas Johnson --
Beckett on Television, Beckett on Love: A Response to Badiou / Graley Herren --
Krapp's Last Tape and Mapping Modern Memory / Dustin Anderson --
5.Interviews --
Wendy Salkind on Not I --
Bill Largess on Ohio Impromptu --
Wendy Salkind, Peggy Yates and Bill Largess on Play --
Sam McCready on That Time and Ohio Impromptu --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Critical companions (London, England)
Responsibility: Katherine Weiss.

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Beckett remains one of the most important writers of the twentieth century whose radical experimentations in form and content transformed the very concept of theatre and won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. This Critical Companion encompasses his plays for the stage, radio and television, and will be indispensable to students of his work. Challenging and at times perplexing, Beckett's work is represented on almost every literature, theatre and Irish studies curriculum in universities in North America, Europe and Australia. Katherine Weiss' admirably clear study of his work provides the perfect companion, illuminating each play and Beckett's vision, and investigating his experiments with the body, voice and technology. It includes in-depth studies of the major works Waiting for Godot, Endgame and Krapp's Last Tape, and as with other volumes in Methuen Drama's Critical Companions series it features too a series of essays by other scholars and practitioners offering different critical perspectives on Beckett in performance that will inform students' own critical thinking. Together with a series of resources including a chronology and a list of further reading, this is ideal for all students and readers of Beckett's work.

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