The Disengaging Beckettian Television Audience and the Monument to Loss

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


While attending to the fact that members of the audience are not a group of undifferentiated and passive people, we begin by examining how an average television viewer’s expectation to be entertained and/or informed as she turned on the television at home might have been subverted by the minimal mise-en-scène and lack of a clear plot in the television plays Eh Joe, Ghost Trio, Quad I + II, and … but the clouds…. The result is an uncomfortable uncertainty that may be translated into an experiential sense of loss. In the second half of the chapter, we explore how Beckett’s subscription to an aesthetic of loss could potentially remind the television audiences of their intrinsic state of disjunction.


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  • Michelle Chiang
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  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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