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How to watch television? Pedagogy and paedocracy in Beckett’s television plays

Bignell, J. (2005) How to watch television? Pedagogy and paedocracy in Beckett’s television plays. Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui, 15. pp. 281-293. ISSN 0927-3131 (Historicising Beckett / Issues of Performance)

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Abstract/Summary

This article responds to scholarship on Beckett’s television plays that regards them as positive interventions which encourage the viewer to reconsider the conventions of the medium, and that raise the cultural standards of television drama. In making claims about how the plays address and educate their viewers, critical approaches shift between conceptions of audience. This analysis of Beckett’s plays on British television reconsiders their aesthetic strategies, their relationship with television culture, and the dominant assumptions of critical writing about them by examining the parallel between conceptions of the audience and conceptions of the child in writing about television and Beckett’s television plays.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Beckett studies
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:40510
Uncontrolled Keywords:Beckett, television, drama, BBC, TV
Publisher:Rodopi

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