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Michael Bogucki (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
How does Beckett’s use of cliche in Play compare to questions of insistence and interiority raised in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s later philosophy? The spotlight’s increasingly desperate movements confront the audience with a
radical picture of one of our most ordinary assumptions: that the grammar of seeing can adequately describe knowing. Faced with the spectacle of three figures in urns provoked by a single inquisitor, the audience pieces
together possible narratives and explanations only to have the da capo dissolve them. In the light of Richard Begam?s arguments for considering Beckett?s work antifoundationalist and Simon Critchley?s reading of Beckett as viewing meaninglessness as an achievement, this paper examines how Play might be read productively alongside Wittgenstein’s parable of the boiling pot?
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