Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

School of English Research Seminar

David Pattie, At me too someone is looking ...; Hidden Coercion in Beckett's Theatre

At the end of Waiting for Godot, Vladimir notes that he and Estragon are subject to a system of power. Beyond the action of the text (and apparently independent of Godot, himself a source of power in this world) there is another implied power, holding the tramps in place, even though they are unaware of its presence. This is only one of a number of similar coercive systems in Beckett's plays; the forces that trap Winnie in the ground; the system that traps the light and the figures in Play: the unheard inquisitor in Not I, and so on. Employing an ethical framework derived from Deleuze's work on Spinoza, this paper will discuss the relation between these hidden systems of power and the Beckett character's experience of a world which frequently seems inscrutably cruel and confining.

David Pattie is Professor of Popular Music and Drama at the University of Chester. His first research focus was Alternative and Fringe theatre and the State in 1980s Britain. Since then, he has produced research in a wide number of areas; he has a long-standing interest in Samuel Beckett (he has produced a book on his work, and co-organised two international conferences on his work). He has also published on contemporary theatre; on British drama; and on TV drama (notably two book chapters on The Sopranos). Since coming to Chester, he has carried out research in popular music, an area that he has been interested in for some time; he has written a book on performing rock music, and co-edited another, on the influential German electronic group Kraftwerk.



Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
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Time: 3-4pm
Location: Room 2.12 O'Rahilly Building UCC
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