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FREEDOM AND CULTURAL LOCATION IN BECKETT'S: "Eleuthéria"

Peter Boxall
Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui
Vol. 7, BECKETT VERSUS BECKETT (1998), pp. 245-258
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25781260
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

Eleuthéria has been regarded by Beckett's critics as a puzzingly anomalous play, partly as a result of its apparent engagement with a set of culturally specific sociopolitical problems. In this article I argue that Eleuthéria is driven by cultural and dramatic concerns which remain central to Beckett's later theatre. In examining the relation between aesthetic freedom and cultural location as it is depicted in this play, the article resituates the play as Beckett's revealing early exploration of the limits and possibilities of the theatre in locating a site of dramatic resistance to cultural and ideological appropriation.

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