Film and the Ecstatic Spectator

  • Michelle Chiang
Part of the New Interpretations of Beckett in the Twenty-First Century book series (NIBTFC)


We continue to look at the viewer’s intuitive engagement with Beckett drama, by focusing on how Film’s spectator’s intuition is activated as she is displaced from her habitual way of knowing. There is a sense of comfort for the spectator in the ease with which she could assume the position of the invisible voyeur and vicariously trap herself in the familiar network of relations offered by a typical film spectacle. Beckett’s drama offers its audience no such delusional discomfort. This chapter maintains there is nothing comforting in Film, and the veils that its network of relations could weave are either displaced, absent or unraveling in Beckett’s only work in this medium.


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  • Michelle Chiang
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  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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