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Schopenhauer and beckett : theatre of asceticism

Thomas, Martin Lee


It is the central argument of this thesis that the plays Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Happy Days are Schopenhauerian-informed, Beckettian theatre of asceticism. By proposing this understanding of Beckettian tragedy, this work presents a challenge to the life-affirming reading of Beckettian art presented by Adorno, Cavell, Deleuze, Critchley, and Badiou, for whom Beckett's work exemplifies art's capacity to provide genuine resistance to nihilism. In contrast to the life-affirming...[Show more]

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