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Published: 01 March 2018

256 Pages | 18 b+w illustrations

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474421645


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Beckett's Breath

Anti-Theatricality and the Visual Arts

Sozita Goudouna

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernism Drama and Performance

  • Examines Beckett's ultimate venture to define the borders between a theatrical performance and purely visual representation
  • Juxtaposes Beckett's Breath with breath-related artworks by prominent visual artists who investigate the far-reaching potential of the representation of respiration by challenging modernist essentialism
  • The focus on this primary human physiological function and its relation to arts and culture is highly pertinent to studies of human performance, the nature of embodiment and its relation to cultural expression
  • Facilitates new intermedial discourses around the nature and aesthetic possibilities of breath, the minimum condition of existence, at the interface between the visual arts and performance practices and their relation to questions of spectacle, objecthood and materiality
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