The Liberating Laughter of “Nearly There”: Beckett’s Solidarity-Building Dramas

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


Keeping to the affect-based interpretive framework introduced in Chap.  2, this chapter examines Waiting for Godot and a number of Beckett’s later dramas’ articulation of a model of empowerment based in intersectional solidarity and apt to short-circuit hierarchical distribution on multiple levels. It also further defines Beckett’s positive mobilization of interpreters’ anger as a solidarity-based appeal to reject all forms of socially enforced “closure” for our unresolved pain—one of the main ruses used by repressive structures to convincingly pose as social cohesion structures before potential victims, so as to co-opt their support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fanshawe CollegeLondonCanada

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