, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 227–246

Bus Stop. Signal Driver - The Dramaturgy of Waiting: Gao Xingjian, Patrick White and Samuel Beckett


DOI: 10.1023/A:1020394409230

Cite this article as:
Li, X. Neohelicon (2002) 29: 227. doi:10.1023/A:1020394409230


Samuel Beckett"s Waiting for Godot is one of the truly great plays of the 20th century. While the enigmatic figure of Godot has attracted the bulk of critical interest, less has been said about the act of waiting which is also at the centre of Gao Xingjian"s Chezhan (The Bus Stop) and Patrick White"s Signal Driver. This paper examines the dramaturgy of waiting in the three plays and identifies similarities and differences in dramatic technique, thematic concern and theatrical representation.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers/Akadémiai Kiadó 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Xia Li
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Language and Media, Faculty of Education and ArtsUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia