Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett : "Waiting for Godot", "Endgame"

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In this Readers' Guide, Peter Boxall traces critical responses to "Waiting for Godot" and "Endgame" from the 1950s to the present day. The guide presents the major debates that surround these works as they develop, from Martin Esslin's early appropriation of the plays as examples of the Theatre of the Absurd, to recent poststructuralist and postcolonial readings by critics such as Steven Connor, Mary Bryden and Declan Kiberd. Throughout, Boxall clarifies and contextualizes critical responses to the plays, and considers the difficult relationship between Beckett and his critics.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 136 x 216 x 12mm | 220g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Icon Books Ltd
  • Thriplow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1840460822
  • 9781840460827
  • 966,131

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Author Information

Peter Boxall is at the University of Auckland.

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"I continue to find the Readers' Guides indispensable for teaching - they really give students a sense of criticism having a history." --Rachel Bowlby, University of York "The series looks really excellent attractively produced, user friendly; and outstanding value for money." --Ronald Knowles, University of Reading "

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