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Beckett’s “Script Multiplication and Enrichment”: Rejecting Toxic Disjunctions and Seeking Inclusivity

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

Abstract

This chapter explores the work of the paradox, in (post)cognitive terms, as a means to trigger interpreters’ reassessment of the frames/ scripts/ schemata they process mentally and live by (cognitive structures generated through their successive processing of lived experiences alongside their exposure to a wide range of cultural products/ phenomena). The chapter discusses the denunciation of the suicide interdiction in Waiting for Godot as an example of Beckett’s radical cognitive reframing of conservative social injunctions. Herman’s notions of shock and anchoring effects and several other (post)cognitive narrative concepts are used to define the cognitive effects of exposure to Beckett’s texts as likely to trigger and nourish, in interpreters, a preference for more sophisticated, inclusive, and open frames/ scripts/ schemata, as well as the formation of automated rejection responses to oversimplification and manipulation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fanshawe CollegeLondonCanada

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