Time Out from the World: Respite in Beckett’s Stage Plays

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


Beckett’s storytelling characters in the stage plays are observed as actively engaging with their intuition of time by inventing stories, so as to temporarily escape an incarcerating external time continuum. As such, time is delineated by Beckett as dual in the stage plays, a seemingly manipulatable intuitive time and an interminable external ‘clock’ time. In this chapter, we look at how in the midst of attempting to make use of their intuition to pass the time, a sense of respite is produced for the characters and at the same time deprived from the audience members.


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  • Michelle Chiang
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  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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