Re- reading Beckett

Waiting for Godot (image acknowledgement)
On the playwright’s birth centenary Sinead Kennedy offers a somewhat unorthodox re- assesment of Marxist perspectives on Samuel Beckett, best known for his play Waiting for Godot:

In many ways, Beckett is a deeply political writer, but his politics are that of the body. In all his writings the body is broken, disembodied, imprisoned, isolated, absent.

Yet his characters continue to speak, defying the silence that surrounds them. In Beckett, even the dead have voices.

Beckett may have been described as a European existentialist who created hymns to “nothingness”. What he was was an Irish pagan who celebrated the human spirit of endurance and resistance.

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4 thoughts on “Re- reading Beckett

  1. what a wonderful post! thanks..

    of special interest to me – i’m a student of literature

    must say, i really like n follow your blog..

  2. Liked your post. Found it by searching Beckett on Technorati.
    Are you aware that Waiting for Godot is playing on WBAI right now? It just started and if you missed it, you can hear it by going to the online archives after the broadcast concludes. It’s the original Broadway production.
    I saw the details here:

    SAMUEL BECKETT 100: A Special Presentation
    Monday, April 10, from 9:00-11:00 pm: Commemorate Beckett’s centenary and the 50th anniversary of the American premiere of his masterpiece, Waiting for Godot, by listening to a special broadcast of the play featuring the original Broadway cast: Burt Lahr, E.G. Marshall, Alvin Epstein and Kurt Kasner. Hosted and with an introduction by Simon Loekle.

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