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‘Not there’: ‘dark matter’ in Samuel Beckett’s Footfalls

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LITTLE James Joseph

Rok publikování 2021
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

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Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14794713.2021.1874162
Klíčová slova Genetic criticism; dark matter; Samuel Beckett; enactive cognition; mind; stage space
Popis Samuel Beckett’s 1976 play Footfalls is built around elements which are invisible, or not quite there, in performance. This article uses the concept of ‘dark matter’ to analyse the play’s theatrical absences and their construction in the creative process. An analysis of the play’s manuscripts, digitized and transcribed as part of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, reveals that such ‘dark matter’ is not just a feature of the published text or performance, but is constitutive of Beckett’s creative process, particularly with regard to how he stages the mind. This article studies the models of mind staged in Footfalls in order to argue that Beckett uses the play’s ‘dark matter’ to enact the breakdown of subject and object in the play.
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