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Waiting for Godot has become one of the most frequently discussed and influential plays in the history of the theater. This volume presents a comprehensive critical study of Samuel Beckett's first and most renowned dramatic work. Lawrence Graver discusses the play's background and provides a detailed analysis of its originality and distinction as a landmark of modern theatrical art. He also reviews some of the differences between Beckett's original French version and his English translation.Read more
- New edition of a widely used and helpful guide to one of the greatest works of world literature - including a fully updated guide to further reading
- This introduction examines the significant after-life of waiting for Godot
- Written by an expert in the field who has taught this text for many years
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: June 2004
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521840040
- length: 128 pages
- dimensions: 205 x 134 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.221kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. En attendant Godot/Waiting for Godot: Genesis and Reception:
1. Beckett at the beginning
2. Paris 1946–8
3. Godot in Paris, London and New York
Part II. Approaching the Play:
4. The drama of unknowingness
5. The caged dynamic
6. Rituals and routines
7. 'Godet … Godot … Godin … anyhow you see who I mean?'
8. Pozzo and Lucky
9. Lucky's 'think'
10. Enter the Boy
11. Act I/Act II - 'nothing happens, twice'
12. Pozzo redux
13. Vladimir's soliloquy, the boy again, the close of the play
Part III. Godot in French and in English
Part IV. The Presence of Godot … the Play in the Contemporary Theatre and Elsewhere:
14. The growing myth of Godot
15. Godot and the popular imagination
16. Godot and the contemporary theatre
Guide to further reading.
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