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Performing Embodiment in Samuel Beckett's Drama (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies)

Anna McMullan

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ISBN 10: 0415385989 / ISBN 13: 9780415385985
Published by Routledge, 2010
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Title: Performing Embodiment in Samuel Beckett's ...

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

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The representation and experience of embodiment is a central preoccupation of Samuel Beckett’s drama, one that he explored through diverse media. McMullan investigates the full range of Beckett’s dramatic canon for stage, radio, television and film, including early drama, mimes and unpublished fragments. She examines how Beckett’s drama composes and recomposes the body in each medium, and provokes ways of perceiving, conceiving and experiencing embodiment that address wider preoccupations with corporeality, technology and systems of power. McMullan argues that the body in Beckett’s drama reveals a radical vulnerability of the flesh, questioning corporeal norms based on perfectible, autonomous or invulnerable bodies, but is also the site of a continual reworking of the self, and of the boundaries between self and other. Beckett’s re-imagining of the body presents embodiment as a collaborative performance between past and present, flesh and imagination, self and other, including the spectator / listener.

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Anna McMullan is Chair in Drama at Queen’s University Belfast.

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