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Absorption and theatricality: on Ghost Trio

Carville, C. (2022) Absorption and theatricality: on Ghost Trio. Elements in Beckett Studies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp65. ISBN 9781009001175

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Samuel Beckett’s 1976 Television play Ghost Trio is one of his most beautiful and mysterious works. It is also the play that most clearly demonstrates Beckett’s imaginative and aesthetic engagement with the visual arts and the history of painting in particular. Drawing on the work of Stanley Cavell and Michael Fried, On Ghost Trio demonstrates Beckett’s exploration of the relationship between theatricality, absorption and objecthood, and shows how his work anticipates the development of video and installation art. In doing so Conor Carville develops a new and highly original reading of Beckett’s art, rooted in both archival sources and philosophical aesthetics.

Item Type:Book
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Modern European Histories and Cultures
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:110286
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Publisher Statement:Samuel Beckett is an iconic figure in twentieth century literature. His life and work are now a touchstone for various critical fields and for all contemporary critical approaches. Elements in Beckett Studies will provide a platform that is between a journal article and a full-length monograph: a new critical space that will carry forward Beckett Studies into the twenty-first century. Each project in this Elements series will be from a key figure in this field. It will offer cutting-edge and accessible work on key issues animating Beckett studies today, critical issues of pressing and lasting significance for Beckett and literary studies more generally. Individual Elements will range across theoretical approaches to performance studies, from manuscript research to the study of bilingualism, intertextuality, modernism, history, philosophy, ethics, and body and mind. General Editors: Dirk van Hulle, University of Oxford, Mark Nixon, University of Reading

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