The Haptic Aesthetic in Samuel Beckett’s Drama

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This study analyses touch in Samuel Beckett’s later drama for stage and screen. In their sparse and isolated spaces, Beckett’s figures imagine the touch of a lost love, or dream of the comfort and care that the hands of a dear one might bring. Applying philosophical writings which feature sensation as a core principle in their conceptualisation of embodied experience, that is, the work of Jean-Luc Nancy and Maurice Merleau-Ponty this study looks at how Beckett dramatizes moments of contact between self and self, self and world, and self and other. Beckett’s exploration of audio-visual media: film, television and theatre, works against visual representation, demonstrating an alternative, haptic sensibility
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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