Samuel Beckett's texts are populated with characters who have been so deprived of their humanity that humanity appears as essentially absent from his texts. The characters' presence in the diegesis is marked by unmistakable absences-absence of vision, of mobility, of sense, of name. Beckett's characters are often without: without hair, without teeth, without foreseeable future. The human character is at the limit of humanity and runs the risk of passing over into the grey zone of the inhuman. They lose track of their place, of their time, of their names. They frequently belong to no time and no place. When they are specifically situated, they are in and among ruins.
Copyright © 2007, Peter Lang Publishing.
Place of Publication
New York, NY
Slade, Andrew, "Lyotard, Beckett, Duras, and the Postmodern Sublime" (2007). English Faculty Publications. 34.